Charles D. Hurd Lectures

History of Lectureship:

The Charles D. Hurd Lectures were established to educate Northwestern students and faculty about industrial research via direct interaction with distinguished scientists. It is fitting that the lectureship be named in honor of the late Charles D. Hurd, Clare Hamilton Hall Research Professor Emeritus. From his initial appointment to Northwestern in 1924, Professor Hurd maintained close ties with industry. He served as a consultant to various companies over a period of four decades, received twelve patents, and utilized grants from industry to help establish research in organic chemistry at Northwestern.

Professor Hurd authored roughly 300 scientific publications, including the seminal monograph “Pyrolysis of Carbon Compounds.” In addition, he was a founding editor of the Journal of Organic Chemistry, served as a consultant on all chemical terms in the unabridged Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, and contributed to various encyclopedias. His passion for correct nomenclature and the precise use of language was recognized by the 1971 Austin M. Patterson Award. Furthermore, the books, Organic Nomenclature: A Programmed Introduction by J. G. Traynham, Organic Chemistry by Smith and Cristol, and The Chemist’s English by R. Schoenfeld, were dedicated to Charles D. Hurd.


Past

2013            

John Santini                   

President and CEO

RadioRx, Inc.

2012

David L. Stern

Refining and Supply

ExxonMobil

2011

William F. Banholzer

Chief Technology Officer

Dow Chemical Company

2010

Michael T. Flavin

Founder, Chairman and CEO

Advanced Life Sciences

2009

Jai Nagarkatti

President and CEO

Sigma-Aldrich Corporation

2008

Katie Hunt

Corporate Sustainability Director

Rohm and Haas Company

Cathie Markham

VP, CTO, Electronic Materials

Cheryl Martin

Corporate Vice President

2007

Stephanie Burns

Chief Executive Officer

Dow Corning Corporation

Gregory Zank

Chief Technology Officer

2006

Michael J. Natan

President

Oxonica, Inc.

2005

Miles P. Drake

Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

2004

Steven J. Martin

Chief Scientist

Dow Chemical Company

2003

Andrew J. Ouderkirk

Corporate Scientist

3M Company

2002

David M. Pond

Vice President, Chemicals Technology

Eastman Chemical Company

2001

Paul S. Anderson

Senior Vice President, Chemical & Physical Sciences, Research & Development           

DuPont Pharmaceuticals Company

2000

Cherry A. Murray

Director, Physical Research Laboratory

Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies

1999

Peter T. Kissinger

President, CEO, and Chairman, Bioanalytical Systems, Inc.

Professor of Chemistry, Purdue University

1998

James M. Meyer

Vice President, Central Research & Development

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company

1997

George T. Kwiatkowski

Manager of Research and Development

Amoco Chemical Company

1996

Anthony B. Baylis

Vice President, Technology & Business Development

Hoechst Celanese Corp.

1995

Angelo Lamola

Director of Corporate Exploratory Research

Rohm & Haas

1994

David V. Milligan

Vice President, Pharmaceutical Products Research and Development

Abbott Laboratories

1993

Thomas Manuel

General Manager, Corporate Science and Technology Center

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

1992

Donald R. Weyenberg

Senior Vice President and Chief Scientist

Dow Corning Corporation

1991

Robert M. Novak

Chief Scientist and Director of Central Research

Dow Chemical Company

1990

James A. Cusumano

Chairman

Catalytica, Incorporated

1988

Jack C. Chang

Director, Corporate Research Laboratories

Eastman Kodak Company

1987

Thomas J. Savereide

Executive Director, Corporate Research

3M Company

1986

George S. Hammond

Executive Director, Biosciences, Metals & Ceramics

Allied Corporation

1985

Ralph F. Hirschmann

Senior Vice President, Basic Research

Merck & Company, Incorporated

1984

Robert E. Naylor

Vice President, Corporate Director of Research

Rohm & Haas Company

1983

Donald J. Peterson

Director, Corporate Technology Division

The Procter and Gamble Company

1982

Robert K. Grasselli

Senior Scientist

The Standard Oil Company Research Center

1981

Keith McHenry

Vice President of Research and Development

Amoco Oil Company

1980

Alan Schriesheim

General Manager of Engineering Technology

Exxon Research and Engineering Company

1979

James F. Roth

Director of Process Sciences

Corporate Research Laboratories, Monsanto Co.

1978

Ulrich Merten

Vice President, Corporate Research and Chemicals

Gulf Research and Development Company

1977

Howard L. Gerhart

Director, National Coatings Center

Carnegie-Mellon Institute of Research

1976

Turner Alfrey, Jr.

Research Scientist, Central Research

Dow Chemical U.S.A.

1975

William P. Slichter

Executive Director of Research for the Materials Science and Engineering Division

Bell Laboratories

1974

Vladimir Haensel

Vice President, Science and Technology

Universal Oil Company

1973

William A. Franta

Director, Research & Development Division, Plastics Department

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company

1972

Byron Riegel

Director of Research

G.D. Searle & Company

1971

Wesley T. Hanson

Director of Research

Eastman Kodak Company