Ralph Connor Memorial Lecture
The Ralph Connor Memorial Lecture was created by the Chemical Heritage Foundation to showcase periodic addresses on the role of research in the development of technology and industry by eminent practitioners in the chemical and molecular sciences.
The 2010–11 Ralph Connor Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Jerome A. Peribere, executive vice president of The Dow Chemical Company and president and CEO of Dow Advanced Materials, at the March 2011 meeting of the Joseph Priestley Society. Please check back for additional information.
About Ralph Connor (1907–1990)
Ralph Connor was a director of research and chairman of the board of directors at the Rohm and Haas Company. Before joining Rohm and Haas, he served on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania and as a division chief on the National Defense Research Committee in World War II. He received many honors, including Great Britain’s Medal for Service in the Cause of Freedom, the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Chemists, the Priestley Medal of the American Chemical Society, and the Chemical Industry Medal of the Society of Chemical Industry, American Section. Connor, who earned his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, is best known for his research in the fields of organic chemistry, catalysis, synthesis, explosives, and reaction mechanisms. He also coauthored an organic chemistry text with Reynold C. Fuson, Charles C. Price, and Harold R. Snyder.
Previous speakers include Stephen S. Tang; Joseph A. Miller, Jr.; James P. Landers; Ross Armbrecht; P. Roy Vagelos; John W. Caldwell; and Alan G. MacDiarmid.