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2014 Perkin Medal awarded; and remembering a former editor

By Chemical Engineering |

In memory

It is with great sadness, that we learned of the passing of Jay Chowdhury, who was an editor with Chemical Engineering magazine for 20 years. Long-time readers of the magazine, and those that had the pleasure of knowing and working with Jay, will remember him as one of the kindest and wisest of human beings.
Gerald Ondrey
Senior Editor, Chemical Engineering

Founder of ‘green chemistry’ to receive 2014 Perkin Medal

The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI; London; www.soci.org) is presenting the 2014 Perkin Medal to John C. Warner, president and chief technology officer of the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry (Wilmington, Mass., www.warnerbabcock.com). The annual award recognizes outstanding work in applied chemistry in the U.S., and commemorates the discovery of the first synthetic dye by William Henry Perkin in 1856, who received the first Perkin Medal in 1906.

Warner holds a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in organic chemistry from Princeton. After ten years with Polaroid Corp., Warner joined the University of Massachusetts at Boston, where he started a “green chemistry” doctoral program — said to be the first in the world. He went on to develop an efficient method of synthesis that requires fewer steps and generates less waste that is known as non-covalent derivatization (NCD) technology.

In 2004, Warner received the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentorship.

In 2007, Warner and Jim Babcock founded the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, with a goal to create commercial technologies of superior performance that are also environmentally friendly.

The award is being presented at a dinner in Warner’s honor in Philadelphia on September 16.

Postscripts, corrections

July 2014, “Finding the Balance in Packaging,” p. 27. In the last paragraph on this page, a resin is incorrectly identified as Elite EPE. The correct name is Elite AT, and the sentence should read: As an example, for liquid, dry and frozen foods, Elite AT resins help reduce package thickness by up to 25% without sacrificing toughness or machinability.

August 2014, Who’s Who, p. 70. The name of the company affiliation for Thomas Bartolomei was incorrectly stated as NAEL Corp. The correct name is NAES Corp.

August 2014, “Software for the Human Element,” p. 25. The name Steve Elliott from Ventyx was misspelled as Elliot. The correct spelling is Elliott.

The corrected versions for the above full articles can be found at www.chemengonline.com.

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