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

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

SRI International
Alma mater University of Chicago
Doctoral advisor Morris S. Kharasch[1]
Notable students Joseph J. Katz[1]
Known for Mayo–Lewis equation
Notable awards 1967 ACS Award in Polymer Chemistry

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. 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.