Frank R. Mayo

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Frank R. Mayo
Born (1908-06-23)June 23, 1908
Chicago, Illinois
Died October 3, 1987(1987-10-03) (aged 79)
Menlo Park, California
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Chicago
Known for Mayo–Lewis equation
Awards 1967 ACS Award in Polymer Chemistry
Scientific career

University of Chicago
U.S. Rubber
General Electric Research Laboratory

SRI International
Doctoral advisor Morris S. Kharasch[1]
Notable students Joseph J. Katz[1]

Frank R. Mayo (June 23, 1908 – October 30, 1987) was a research chemist who worked for a variety of companies and won the 1967 Award in Polymer Chemistry from the American Chemical Society due to his work on the Mayo–Lewis equation.[2][3][4]

Early life and education[edit]


For an autobiographical account of the discovery of the peroxide effect see J. Chem. Educ., 63, 97-99(1986) and ref. 1 therein.

Awards and memberships[edit]

Mayo was involved in the Division of Polymer Chemistry (POLY) of the American Chemical Society (ACS), and was vice-chair in 1958 and chair in 1959, and also held the role of councilor from 1958 to 1960.[5] CS awarded Mayo the 1967 ACS Award in Polymer Chemistry; and in 1985, he received POLY's Distinguished Service Award.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Frank R. Mayo". Chemistry Tree. Academic Tree. Retrieved 2013-06-08. 
  2. ^ Gortler, Leon B (1981-01-21). "Frank R. Mayo". Chemical Heritage Foundation. Archived from the original on 2013-06-14. Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  3. ^ "Oral history interview with Frank R. Mayo". ArchiveGrid. WorldCat. 1981-01-21. Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  4. ^ "Previous Years: Frank R. Mayo". Alumni Hall of Fame. SRI International. Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  5. ^ "Officers 1951-2001 and Councilors". Division of Polymer Chemistry of the American Chemical Society. Retrieved 2013-06-08. 
  6. ^ Jesse C.H. Hwa. "History of the Division of Polymer Chemistry, Inc., American Chemical Society 1951 - 1991 (Part II)". Division of Polymer Chemistry of the American Chemical Society. Retrieved 2013-06-08.