The Story of Chemistry from the 18th Century to Today: Great Names, Great Steps

Thomas R. Tritton

Thomas R. Tritton

Date: April 3, 2012
Time: 6:30 p.m.

Research Triangle Park Headquarters
Archie K. Davis Conference Center
12 Davis Drive
Durham, NC 27709

Event Type: Open to the Public
Fee: Free
RSVP Online: Registration Required

  About the Event

Looking back over the last three centuries of chemistry, CHF President Thomas R. Tritton will highlight ten key discoveries—and the individuals who made them—that led to the formation of modern day chemistry.

The challenge, of course, is in deciding who makes the top ten. Tritton looks forward to a lively debate about the wisdom (or lack thereof) of his choices. 

This event is presented in partnership with the Duke University Alpha Pi chapter of Phi Lambda Upsilon.

For more information, please contact Robert O. Kenworthy, manager of affiliate relations, at 215.873.8292 or

  Event Schedule

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

6:30–7:30 p.m.


7:30–8:30 p.m.

Refreshments and Reception

 Speaker Biographies

Thomas R. Tritton is president and CEO of the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF). He is the second president of CHF, succeeding Arnold Thackray, who founded the organization in Philadelphia in 1982 and continues with CHF as chancellor.

Tritton served as 12th president of Haverford College from 1997 to 2007. He is a cancer chemotherapy research expert whose work has been funded for the past 25 years by the American Cancer Society and the National Institutes of Health.

A past deputy director of the Vermont Comprehensive Cancer Center—a designated center of the National Cancer Institute—Tritton is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research and the American Society of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Biology.

From July to December 2007, before assuming the CHF presidency, Tritton spent a semester at Harvard University, where he held the title of president in residence at the Graduate School of Education. He worked with graduate students in higher education, wrote and taught about leadership and the college presidency, and designed a new course on social justice.

Tritton earned a bachelor of arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. from Boston University.

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