Theodore L. Cairns

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Theodore L. Cairns (July 20, 1914 – September 26, 1994) was an American chemist, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a research scientist at DuPont Central Research, known for his contributions to U.S. scientific policy and applications of chemistry. [1] [2] Cairns was the director of the Central Research Department of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company.[3] He was also the chair of the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Technology of the National Research Council, on President Richard Nixon's Science Policy Task Force and Nixon's Science Advisory Committee.[2]

Awards and distinctions[edit]

  • The City of Wilmington's Outstanding Citizen Award, 1963[2]
  • The American Chemical Society Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, 1968[2]
  • SOCMA (Society of Chemical Manufacturers Association) Medal for Creative Research in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, 1968[2]
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws degree, University of Alberta, 1970[2][4]
  • Perkin Medal, American section of the Society of Chemical Industry, 1973[2][5]
  • Elliott Cresson Medal, The Franklin Institute, 1974[2][6]

Notable government assignments[edit]

  • The Delaware Governor's Council on Science and Technology, 1969-72[2]
  • President Nixon's Science Policy Task Force, 1969[2]
  • The President's Science Advisory Committee, 1970-73[2]
  • The President's Committee on the National Medal of Science, 1974-75[2]
  • The Polytechnic Institute of New York Advisory Council for Chemistry, 1976-78[2]


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