David Laurance Chambers


Honorary Degree (1948)
Doctor of Laws
Location: Bloomington
Presenter: Herman B Wells


David Laurance Chambers was born in Washington, D.C. in 1879. He graduated from Princeton University in 1900. He completed an M.A. in 1901 and was named a Charles Scribner Fellow in English. He was the recipient of honorary degrees from both Wabash College and Indiana University in 1937 and 1948 respectively.

Chambers began working for the Bobbs-Merrill Company, a publishing firm in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1903. He rose to the rank of Vice President of the company in 1921, and by 1935, he was president. During his near three-decades as editor, the company produced ten best sellers and eight literary awards - three of them, Pulitzer Prize winners.