Roy C. Newton

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Roy C. Newton was an American food scientist who was involved in research and development of antioxidants in food and meat products during the 20th century. He also was a founding member of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) in 1939.

IFT founding[edit]

A charter member of IFT, Newton was elected as Vice President in 1939 and 1940. He would be elected IFT President and serve in 1942-43, receive the Nicholas Appert Award in 1949, and be elected fellow in 1971.


At the time of IFT's founding, Dr. Newton was vice president of research and development for Swift & Company in Chicago, Illinois, a position he held during 1939-54. In 1952, his leadership was recognized with the presentation of the IRI Medal by the Industrial Research Institute. During his time as vice president, Newton was also involved in getting gum guaric approved for use as a food additive, the first ever antioxidant approved for use in food. Newton was also active in the American Chemical Society, serving as chair of the Chicago[1] section in 1942-3.

Articles authored[edit]


  1. ^ Chairmen of the Chicago Section - American Chemical Society
  • Donnelly, T.H. (1996). "First antioxidant approved as food additive - gum guaric." Journal of Chemical Education. 73(2):158.
  • Goldblith, S.A. (1993). Pioneers in Food Science, Volume 1: Samuel Cate Prescott - M.I.T. Dean and Pioneer Food Technologist. Trumball, CT: Food & Nutrition Press. p. 102.
  • List of IFT fellows.
  • List of IFT past award winners.