Four Blacks Among the Inaugural Class of 162 Fellows of the American Chemical Society

The American Chemical Society, the prestigious professional organization for academic and corporate chemists, has named 162 individuals to its inaugural class of ACS Fellows. The American Chemical Society did not disclose the race of the 162 chemists who were honored. But JBHE has been able to determine that four of the honorees are African Americans.

In 1952 Jeannette E. Brown graduated from Hunter College in New York City. She went on to earn a master’s degree in organic chemistry at the University of Minnesota.

Brown spent a large part of her career at Ciba Pharmaceutical and then Merck, another large pharmaceutical company. She later was director of the Regional Center for the New Jersey Statewide Systemic Initiative at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

James P. Shoffner received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Lincoln University in Missouri. He later earned a master’s degree in organic chemistry at DePaul University and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. He spent 30 years conducting chemical research for UOP Inc., formerly known as the National Hydrocarbon Company. He also taught at Columbia College in Chicago.

Thomas W. Smith is a professor of chemistry and microsystems engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York State. His research is focused on polymers. A 1969 graduate of John Carroll University in Cleveland, Professor Smith earned his Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Michigan.

Isiah M. Warner is Philip W. West Professor of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. A high school valedictorian, Dr. Warner received a full scholarship to historically black Southern University. He graduated with honors in chemistry in 1968. He worked for a time at Battelle Northwest while studying for his Ph.D. at the University of Washington.