James D. D'Ianni

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James D. D'Ianni
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Born 1914
Died 2007
Fields Polymer science
Institutions Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Alma mater University of Wisconsin
Known for Development of synthetic rubber
Notable awards

James Daniel D'Ianni (1914–2007) was a scientist at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company noted for his contributions to the development of synthetic rubber.

D'Ianni spent his career with Goodyear, except for a leave he took in 1946 to serve as chief of the polymer research branch of the Office of Rubber Reserve. In 1978, he retired from Goodyear as Director of Research.[1]

D'Ianni was a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the National Academy of Sciences. He served as president of ACS and as head of its rubber division. He was the first ACS President to travel to China in that capacity. In 1977, the ACS Rubber Division honored D'Ianni with the Charles Goodyear Medal.


D'Ianni was born in Akron, Ohio on March 11, 1914. He married Dorothy Osterstock, also from Akron, in 1940. He died on August 14, 2007, in Akron, at age 93.


  • B.S., Chemistry, The University of Akron, 1934
  • Ph.D.,Organic Chemistry, University of Wisconsin, 1938,[2] under advisor Homer Adkins.[3]
  • Advanced Management Program, Harvard Business School.


  1. ^ "Obituary". 
  2. ^ "James D'Ianni dies at 93". Chemical and Engineering News. 3 September 2007. Archived from the original on 30 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "In Memoriam" (PDF). Badger Chemist. 2007.