John C. Haas Endows History of Chemistry Fellowship at Chemical Heritage Foundation

August 31, 2011 - Philadelphia

Since 2001, John C. Haas has supported a fellowship in his name at CHF with annual gifts. The million-dollar gift in his will funds this scholarship in perpetuity.  

John C. Haas, former chairman of Rohm and Haas Corporation, made a million-dollar gift to the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) in his will. This gift will fund the John C. Haas fellowship program in perpetuity. Since 2001 a total of sixteen scholars from across the United States, including two this year, have advanced their postdoctoral studies with a Haas Fellowship.

“John Haas was a great friend to CHF and crucial to its founding nearly 30 years ago,” said Tom Tritton, president and CEO. “It is a fitting memorial to this generous and thoughtful man that his gift will advance research in the history of chemistry.”

In the upcoming academic year Brendan Matz of Yale University and Doogab Yi of the National Institutes of Health will be Haas Fellows. Yi’s research will focus on “The Science of Nutrition in Germany and the United States, 1870–1920.” Matz will study “The Organized Search for the Oncogene: ‘Proto’ Biotechnology, Molecular Medicine, and the History of the War on Cancer, 1964–1980.”

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• Preserve the story of chemistry and its technologies and industries across centuries.
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