Frank Jerome Tonewas born in Bergen, New York on October 6, 1868. He received an Electrical Engineering degree from Cornell University in 1891 and a Doctor of Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1935. He worked for the General Electric Company from 1891 to 1893 and the Pittsburgh Railroad Company 1893- 1895. In 1895, he became Works Manager and President of Carborundum Company and was elected Chairman of the Board in 1942. His contributions to science and technology were in the fields of silicon, silicon compounds, artificial abrasives, and high temperature refractories.
Dr. Tone was very active in The Electrochemical Society and served as President in the Year 1918-1919. He received the Edward Goodrich Acheson Medal and Prize in 1935. In 1938, he was awarded the William H. Perkin Medal of the American Society of Chemical Industries. He was also involved in the affairs of other Societies: Chemical Engineering, Chemical Society, Society for Chemical Industries, Mining and Metal Engineering, and the Ceramic Society.
Dr. Tone had a son, Franchot, who became a famous movie actor.