Alexander M. Cruikshank
Alexander M. Cruikshank (born 1919) is an American chemist and long-serving director of the Gordon Research Conferences.
Alexander M. Cruikshank was born in Marlborough, New Hampshire on December 13, 1919. He took his B.S. in chemistry at Rhode Island State College in 1943. While working at Rhode Island State College as an instructor he earned his M.S. in chemistry in 1945. He earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Massachusetts in 1954. Cruikshank served on the chemistry faculty at the University of Rhode Island from 1953 to 1982 and was Chair of the Chemistry Department from 1976 until his 1982 retirement. He also served as director of the Gordon Research Conferences from 1968 until his retirement in 1993. Cruikshank is a resident of South Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Since 1994, the Alexander M. Cruikshank Lectureship Award has been bestowed annually to the most highly distinguished scientists presenting their research at the Gordon Research Conferences. Typically, there is one such lectureship annually for each of the principal subdisciplines of the Conferences, namely the Biological, Chemical, and Physical Sciences. At its discretion, the Gordon Research Conferences Board of Directors may occasionally elect additional Alexander M. Cruickshank lecturers.
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