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ACS grants National Historic Chemical Landmark designation

The American Chemical Society’s (ACS) National Historic Chemical Landmarks program has approved the nomination for Izaak Maurits Kolthoff’s role in establishing modern analytical chemistry as a National Historic Chemical Landmark for 2014.

Through this program, ACS grants landmark status to seminal achievements in the history of the chemical sciences. The mission of the NHCL program is to enhance public appreciation for the contributions of the chemical sciences to modern life in the United States and to encourage a sense of pride in their practitioners for chemistry’s rich history. The program does this by recognizing seminal achievements in the chemical sciences, recording their histories, and providing information and resources about Landmark achievements.

The Department of Chemistry, working with the College of Science & Engineering and its Development Office, and the ACS National Historic Chemical Landmarks program, is planning a celebration for the fall of 2014. This celebration also will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the construction of Smith Hall, which was built in 1913 and named after another of the department's famous scientists, Lee Irvin Smith, who played an important role in the development of organic chemistry.

This landmark designation is quite an honor for the Department of Chemistry, recognizing its long history of outstanding researchers, scientific discovery, and excellence.

Click here for a brief history of Professor Kolthoff's accomplishments.