MIDLAND, Mich. (Sept. 22) — James C. Stevens, research fellow with Dow Chemical Co., was selected as the 100th recipient of the Perkin Medal, presented by the Society of Chemical Industry.
The award is considered one of the chemical industry´s most prestigious and the highest honor the society bestows on an individual for outstanding work in applied chemistry in the U.S. The medal winner is selected by a jury composed of officers of the American sections of the Society of Chemical Industry and the Societe de Chimie Industrelle, along with representatives of the American Chemical Engineers, the Electrochemical Society and the American Institute of Chemists.
Stevens´ contributions to polymer science "are immense and continue to be critical to Dow´s ability to deliver technological advantages" to the industry, said Bill Banholzer, Dow´s chief technology officer and corporate vice president of research and development.
Stevens holds more than 75 U.S. patents. His work has resulted in several new product lines for Dow, including Elite enhanced polyethylene resins, Engage polyolefin elastomers, Nordel IP EPDM rubber, Nordel MG EPDM and Versify elastomers and plastomers.
Only two others from Dow have been Perkin Medal recipients: Herbert H. Dow, who founded the company, in 1930, and Edgar C. Britton in 1956.