WASHINGTON Revolutionary treatments for psychosis, myeloid leukemia and dental disease; a process that yields cleaner gasoline; and materials to make smaller denser computer chips and microprocessors are the accomplishments of the 2005 Heroes of Chemistry, who will be honored on Sept. 28 during the 230th national meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society.
Eighteen research chemists from five companies were named Heroes of Chemistry by the ACS for improving health and well-being by creating new drugs or other products and inventing environmentally friendly and more effective technologies. The awards specifically honor "chemical innovators whose work has led to the welfare and progress of humanity" in a significant way in the past decade.
Multidisciplinary teams from Colgate-Palmolive Co., ExxonMobil and Albemarle, IBM Research, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development and Novartis have been recognized by the ACS for their innovative work. Individuals are nominated by their companies and the winners are chosen by an ACS panel in recognition of industrial work that has lead to the successful development and commercial sale of a technological product.
"Heroes save lives and change things for the better," says ACS President William F. Carroll, Jr., Ph.D. "Through their inventions, these Heroes of Chemistry have done just that. We at ACS celebrate them and the thousands of others who bring the benefits of chemistry to us all every day."
The Heroes of Chemistry program, started in 1996 by the ACS, honors industrial chemists and chemical engineers who create commercially successful products that improve the quality of life.
The keynote speaker for the 2005 Heroes awards program is Tom Peters, international bestselling author, consultant, columnist and stage performer, who is credited with helping to reshape new management thinking with his energy, style an