Samuel Colville Lindwas born in McMinnville, Tennessee on June 15, 1879. He attended Washington and Lee University and obtained an A.B. degree in 1899. He received a B.S. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1902. He work as Assistant in Chemistry at M.I.T. from 1902 to 1903. He then went to study at Leipzig University and obtained his Ph.D. in 1905. Dr. Lind was Instructor in General and Physical Chemistry at the University of Michigan, 1905-1912, and Assistant Professor, 1912-1915. He spent some time in Paris in 1910 and at the Radium Institute in Vienna in 1911. From 1913-1918, he was chemist and radioactivity expert for the U.S. Bureau of Mines. His title changed to Physical Chemist from 1918 to 1923 and Chief Chemist, 1923-1925. He worked as Associate Director of Fixed Nitrogen Research Laboratory at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1925-1926.
Dr. Lind's research activities included: radioactivity, radium extraction and measurement, influence of radiation on chemical action, kinetics of chemical reactions, relation of gaseous ionization to chemical action, photochemistry, and chemical effect in electrical discharge.
Dr. Lind became Director of the School of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota, 1926-1935, and Dean of the Institute of Technology from 1935 to retirement. He was a member of the National Research Council Chemistry Division, 1934-1935. He served on the International Radium Standards Committee from 1928 until retirement and the National Advisory Health Council in 1931. He was on the Editorial Board for International Critical Tables and the Journal of Physical chemistry.
Dr. Lind was active in The Electrochemical Society and served as President in the year 1927-1928. He was also President of the Chemical Society in 1940. He was awarded the Nichols Medal in 1926. He was a delegate to the International Congress on Chemistry in Rome in 1938 and elected to the National Academy.