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Overlooked Achievements

December 16, 2013 | A version of this story appeared in Volume 91, Issue 50

Nov. 4, page 40: A story about the employment outlook misspelled the name of the director of Dow Chemical’s HR center of expertise, global workforce planning, and talent acquisition. His name is Ingolf Thom, not Ingolf Thorn. In the same article, C&EN incorrectly characterized Pfizer’s medicinal chemistry hiring plans. Pfizer is looking to enhance its in-house synthetic organic chemical capabilities to complement the talents of its contract research partners. The goal is to build internal synthetic problem solving for particularly challenging molecules.

As a longtime ACS member and an avid reader of C&EN, I looked forward to the 90th anniversary issue (Sept. 9). I enjoyed it except for the pullout poster, in which I found the following historical error and omissions: Omission: 1971, Ronald Cape and Peter Farley set up the world’s first biotechnology company, Cetus. Error: 1976, Herbert W. Boyer and Robert A. Swanson set up the second biotech company, Genentech. Omission: 1985, Kary B. Mullis discovers PCR at Cetus, the only biotech company to have an employee who wins a Nobel Prize.

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Arnold L. Demain
Madison, N.J.

C&EN’s 90-year timeline of major chemically related discoveries does not mention the development of the catalytic converter, first introduced in the U.S. in 1974 to meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act. The catalytic converter was the result of a massive scientific and engineering effort that proved to be a huge technical success, reducing automobile tailpipe emissions all over the world, beyond limits which, 40 years ago, would have appeared unimaginable.

Louis Hegedus
Bryn Mawr, Pa.


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