Iconic Innovators features oral biographies of modern scientists, educators, and leaders who have helped change the world through their contributions to the chemical and molecular sciences. Whether by making great discoveries in the lab, leading a company into international prominence, or inspiring others to greatness in the classroom, their stories encapsulate the courage and creativity that can affect the course of history.
The story of a man who immigrated to the United States at a young age and, through his interest in chemistry and business, became a leading figure in the globalization of one of the world’s largest chemical companies.
Raised by two teachers, Lawrence Evans learned early on the value of education. It was a lesson that guided him to a career that straddled the two worlds of academia and industry, and enabled him to do pioneering work merging two then disparate fields: computers and chemical engineering.
The story of a man who leaves a humdrum job to join a new firm, which he then transforms from a sleepy Japanese company into a major global chemical corporation.
For a young Stephanie Kwolek, what began as a job to finance medical school soon became a lifelong and illustrious career.
Gordon E. Moore, the cofounder of Intel, microchip pioneer, and renowned philanthropist talks about his life and work.
After an illustrious academic career in chemistry pioneering work in biological macromolecules, Alan Walton left the safe environs of academia for the dangers of the private sector, where he attained success as a CEO and venture capitalist, building on his remarkable insights of how science can be turned to profit.