The Chemical Heritage Foundation Celebrates Catalytic Effect of Women in Chemistry with Online Film Series; Films Aim to Encourage Study of Science among Young Women in Houston Chronicle

September 10, 2012 - Philadelphia, PA

The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) proudly announces the release of The Catalyst Series: Women in Chemistry funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and created by CHF. The documentary-style film series, accessible at, celebrates the catalytic effect that extraordinary women have had in chemistry and endeavors to encourage young women to pursue the study of STEM programs and the sciences in particular.

“The Chemical Heritage Foundation is thrilled to share the stories of the highly accomplished women featured in the Women In Chemistry series,” said Thomas R. Tritton, president and CEO, Chemical Heritage Foundation. “While these women couldn’t be more different from one another, they have at least one thing in common: a love of science. We hope their stories will inspire our next generation of women to pursue their dreams and become scientists.”

The women featured in these films have worn the hats of student, researcher, wife, professor, advisor, mother, pilot and marketer. They are: 

  •     Kathryn Hach-Darrow, cofounder of the Hach Chemical Company
  •     Mary L. Good, former president of the American Chemical Society, undersecretary for technology in the U.S. Department of Commerce under President Bill Clinton, and recipient of the Priestley Medal
  •     Uma Chowdhry, retired senior vice president and chief science and technology officer of DuPont
  •     Nancy Chang, cofounder and former CEO of the biopharmaceutical firm Tanox
  •     Mildred Cohn, first female president of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  •     Stephanie Kwolek, former research associate at DuPont and patent holder for Kevlar®
  •     Paula Hammond, David H. Koch Professor in engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In addition to the film series, the web site contains supporting materials such as the women’s biographies, information on their respective fields of research and access to “Stories from the Field” available on the web site and through iTunes, beginning on October 1. “Stories from the Field” is a set of audio recordings by other women scientists who have also endured their share of struggles and triumphs as they pursued a career in science.

About the Chemical Heritage Foundation 
The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) fosters an understanding of chemistry’s impact on society. An independent, nonprofit organization, CHF maintains major collections of instruments, fine art, photographs, papers, and books. CHF hosts conferences and lectures, supports research, offers fellowships, and produces educational materials. CHF’s museum and public programs explore subjects ranging from alchemy to nanotechnology. For more information on the Chemical Heritage Foundation, visit

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