John D. Ferry

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John Douglass Ferry (May 4, 1912 – October 18, 2002) was a Canadian-born American chemist and biochemist noted for development of surgical products from blood plasma and for studies of the chemistry of large molecules.[1][2][3][4] Along with Williams and Landel, Ferry co-authored the work on time-temperature superposition in which the now famous WLF equation first appeared. The National Academy of Sciences called Ferry "a towering figure in polymer science".[2] The University of Wisconsin said that he was "undoubtedly the most widely recognized research pioneer in the study of motional dynamics in macromolecular systems by viscoelastic techniques".[3][4]


Ferry was born in Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada. At the young age of 19, Ferry received his Bachelor of Arts degree at Stanford University in 1932. Three years later, he received his Ph.D at Stanford and became a research assistant at Stanford's Hopkins Marine Station.[3][4]


In 1937, Ferry was an instructor of biochemical sciences at Harvard University. He was also a Junior Fellow of the Society of Fellows at Harvard.[2][3]

He became an Assistant Professor, the Department of Chemistry of the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1946 and made full professor the following year. Ferry was chairman of the department of Chemistry at University of Wisconsin–Madison between 1959-1967. He was a founding member of the Rheology Research Center at Wisconsin.[3][4] In 1973 Ferry was a Farrington Daniels Research Professor.[3]

Professional memberships[edit]

He was affiliated with the following organizations:[3]


Ferry received the following notable awards and distinctions:[1][3]


  1. ^ a b New York Times: Dr. J.D. Ferry Wins Prize; Wisconsin Chemist Honored for Study of Large Molecules; June 27, 1946
  2. ^ a b c National Academy of Sciences (NAS); Biographical Memoirs: V. 90 (2009); John Douglass Ferry; by Robert F. Landel, Michael W. Mosesson, and John L. Schrag
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h College of Engineering;University of Wisconsin - Madison; Rheology Research Center; In Memoriam; 1912-2003 Archived 2012-05-23 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b c d University of Wisconsin:Faculty document 1822; 7 February 2005; Memorial resolution of the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison of the death of the professor emeritus John Douglass Ferry
  5. ^ "Colwyn Medal award winners". iom3. IOM3. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  6. ^ Ferry, John D. (1981). "Probing Macromolecular Motions through Viscoelasticity". Rubber Chemistry and Technology. 54 (3): 76–82. doi:10.5254/1.3535826.