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 2015–2016 Ralph Connor Memorial Lecture was delivered by Venkatachalam “Ram” Ramaswamy, director, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Princeton University, at the November 2015 meeting of the Joseph Priestley Society. Ramaswamy discussed his work improving our understanding of atmospheric chemistry and the roles of natural and human-influenced factors driving climate change.
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 PhD 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 Venkatachalam “Ram” Ramaswamy, Jeffrey A. Johnson; K’Lynne Johnson; Robert L. Stoll; Steven Deutsch, Jerome A. Peribere; Stephen S. Tang; Joseph A. Miller, Jr.; James P. Landers; Ross Armbrecht; P. Roy Vagelos; John W. Caldwell; and Alan G. MacDiarmid.