PERSONNEL: Mr. Aluminum

When Irving W. Wilson graduated from M.I.T. in 1911, he went to work for the Aluminum Co. of America with some misgivings. He feared that it had reached the peak of its expansion and that advancement might be limited. Last week Irving Wilson got final proof that his fear had been groundless: at 60, he became Alcoa's president. In his 40 years at Alcoa he earned the nickname "Chief," helped the company grow from a $21 million-a-year business into an empire whose 1950 sales were $476 million.

Chief Wilson's rise in Alcoa is as spectacular as the company's growth. From...

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