Donors

CHF’s fellowship program is made possible by the generosity of a number of donors, each of whom recognizes the value of scholarly research on the history and sociology of the chemical and molecular sciences, technologies, and industries. Their gifts—in the form of endowments, annual gifts, and estate gifts—enable CHF to be the leading center of research in the history of science and technology in the U.S.

Robert W. Allington Fellowships

The Allington Fellowships were created with a bequest from the estate of Robert W. Allington. The income from the bequest supports short-term fellowships on any topic in the history of the chemical and molecular sciences, technologies, and industries.

Allington (1935–2006) developed his skills in electronics through building radios, among other things, and by working as a television repairman. He worked as an intern at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory on the SAGE air defense computer in the spring of 1955. Near the conclusion of the internship Allington was diagnosed with polio, and while still in the hospital, he met his future business partner, Jacob Schafer, an undergraduate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Jobs repairing scientific equipment evolved into projects to fulfill requests from his clients for novel instrumentation. This led Allington to become an entrepreneur and he founded Instrumentation Specialties Company (Isco, now part of Teledyne Technologies, Inc.) in Lincoln in 1958. 

Learn about Robert Allington in his own words through his oral history.

Gordon Cain Fellowship in Technology, Policy, and Entrepreneurship

The Cain Fellowship was created with a gift from the late Gordon A. Cain. The income from the gift supports long-term fellowships, the Gordon Cain Conference, and a variety of travel grants. 

Cain (1912–2002) received his B.S. in chemical engineering from Louisiana State University (LSU) and became one of this century's most successful entrepreneurs in the chemical and biotechnology industries. After graduating from LSU, Cain worked for Freeport Sulphur and Merck. He commanded an army battalion during World War II, which gave him his first experience in management. Cain creatively applied the skills he learned in the army to management practices in the chemical industry. He acquired and restructured such companies as Vista Chemical, Arcadian, Sterling Chemicals, Cain Chemical, and Fiber Industries.

Learn about Gordon Cain in his own words through his oral history.

Herbert D. Doan Fellowship

The Doan Fellowship was created to honor the memory of Herbert D. “Ted” Doan with gifts from family, friends, and colleagues. The income from the investment of the combined gifts supports short-term fellowships on the history of chemical industries or chemical engineering.

Doan (1922–2006), grandson of Herbert H. Dow, was president and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company from 1962 to 1971. He served on the Dow and Dow Corning boards of directors and in 1973 founded Doan Associates, the second venture capital company in Michigan. Doan was a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Chemical Society, and Sigma XI. He held the positions of president and chairman of the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation from 1996 until his death in 2006.

Sidney M. Edelstein Fellowships

The Edelstein Fellowships were created with an annual gift from the Sidney M. Edelstein Foundation. The annual gift supports two long-term fellowships on any topic in the history of the chemical and molecular sciences, technologies, and industries.

Edelstein (1912–1994) founded the Dexter Chemical Corporation in New York in 1945. His great dedication to the preservation and recording of the history and philosophy of science, technology, and medicine led him to play key roles in the promotion of excellence in academic historical study. As an active historian for almost half a century, Edelstein produced many of the earliest modern reviews of dyestuff technologies and related sciences, some based on original analysis of ancient colorants, such as the mollusks that afforded the Biblical blue and Roman purple. His publications remain influential in historical research today.

Learn about Sidney M. Edelstein in his own words through his oral history.

Eugene Garfield—sponsor of the Theodore and Mary Herdegen Fellowship in the History of Scientific Information

   

Eugene Garfield (far left) and Theodore Herdegen

The Herdegen Fellowship was created to honor the memory of Theodore and Mary Herdegen with a gift from the Eugene Garfield Foundation. The income from the invested gift supports a short-term fellowship on the history of the production, transmission, and/or organization of scientific information. 

Theodore Herdegen (1915–1960) was a chemist who became a key manager of the scientific literature department at Smith Kline and French Laboratories (now GlaxoSmithKline) in Philadelphia. When the labs introduced Thorazine onto the market he realized that they needed a more effective way to process the increasingly voluminous information that would be available to them. Herdegen hired Garfield as a consultant in this area after Garfield graduated from Columbia University in 1954, recognizing that the young man was an expert in information retrieval methods having already started his career as a scientific documentation expert at the Johns Hopkins Machine Indexing Project. Garfield has since become a renowned leader in that field. Among his many accomplishments are the founding of the Institute for Scientific Information (now Thomson Reuters Scientific Division) and publishing of the Science Citation Index.

Learn about Eugene Garfield in his own words through his oral histories. In addition, Dr. Garfield's papers are housed among CHF’s archival collections.

John C. Haas Fellowships

The two long-term Haas Fellowships—one in the history of chemical industries and one in public understanding—were created with a gift from John C. Haas.

Haas (1918–2011) was the son of the founder of Rohm and Haas Company (now part of Dow Chemical Company), a major global specialty chemicals company. Educated as a chemical engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he joined Rohm and Haas in 1942 and held many positions in the company, including chairman of the board. He was a strong advocate of civic responsibility and the cause of the less fortunate. Especially notable was his work for Temple University Hospital and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia. Haas played a crucial role in the establishment of CHF’s predecessor organization (the Center for the History of Chemistry) in 1982. For more than two decades he served on CHF’s advisory boards and development committees, including a six-year term on CHF’s board of directors.

Charles C. Price Fellowship in Polymer History

The Price Fellowship was created by gifts from friends and admirers of Charles C. Price. The income from the investment of the combined gifts supports a long-term fellowship with preference for scholars studying polymer history.

Price (1913–2001) received his B.A. in chemistry from Swarthmore College and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Harvard University. Price taught at the University of Illinois, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Pennsylvania, where he was made an emeritus professor. His research work centered on the effect of structure on chemical reactivity. Price served as founding chairman of the board for CHF and was central to the organization’s growth.

Learn about Charles C. Price in his own words through his oral history.

Société de Chimie Industrielle Fellowship













The Société Fellowship is made possible through the generosity of the Société de Chimie Industrielle. Their gift supports short-term scholars conducting research designed to stimulate public understanding of the chemical industries.

The Société de Chimie Industrielle (founded in 1918 in New York as the American Section of a French parent) is an independent organization involved in a number of nonprofit activities. It sponsors the leading monthly luncheon speaker program at which prominent CEOs, government leaders, and scientists share their views on important industry developments. In addition to the fellowship, it jointly supports a minority scholars program with the American Chemical Society, and it honors individuals who have contributed significantly to the industry through its International Palladium Medal.

The Glenn E. and Barbara Hodsdon Ullyot Scholarship

The Ullyot Scholarship is made possible through the generosity of Glenn E. and Barbara Hodsdon Ullyot. The income from their gift supports a short-term scholar pursuing historical research that promotes public understanding of the chemical sciences.

Glenn Ullyot (1910–2002) earned his B.A. at the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Illinois. His career was made at—and he made major contributions to—Smith Kline and French Laboratories (now GlaxoSmithKline). Barbara (1926–2009) went to work for the Philadelphia Section of  the American Chemical Society in 1954. She transferred to the national office in Washington, D.C., in 1965, where she was a dedicated member of the Meetings, Expositions and Divisional Activities Department until she retired as department head in 1989. The Ullyots were early supporters and benefactors of CHF. 

The papers of Glenn Ullyot and Barbara Hodsdon Ullyot are housed among CHF’s archival collections.

 

Sponsor a fellowship

If you feel inspired to leave your mark on the history of chemistry, and empower young or established historians to further their work under the wings of the Chemical Heritage Foundation, you could be a donor, too. For more information, contact Denise Creedon at development@chemheritage.org or 215.873.8266 or write to:

Denise Creedon, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Hear It Firsthand

CHF’s Center for Oral History captures and preserves the stories of notable figures in chemistry and related fields. Many of the oral histories in the collection belong to winners of CHF’s awards, including

  • Arnold Beckman, winner of the Othmer Gold Medal (2000)
  • Robert Allington, winner of the Pittcon Heritage Award (2005)
  • Carl Djerassi, winner of the Othmer Gold Medal (2000), the AIC Gold Medal (2004), and the Ullyot Public Affairs Lecturer (1995)
  • Gordon Cain, winner of the Petrochemical Heritage Award (1997)

Listen to their extraordinary stories today!

 

Ship of Fellows

CHF’s fellowship program attracts researchers from all over the world. Read about their work and time in Philadelphia on the Periodic Tabloid.

 

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