Issue Date: January 8, 2018
ACS Award in Industrial Chemistry: George P. Lahm
Sponsor: ACS Division of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry
Citation: For his outstanding accomplishments in the discovery of the anthranilamide class of insecticides and the commercialization of Rynaxypyr and Cyazypyr.
Current position: DuPont Fellow, DuPont
Education: B.S., chemistry, State University of New York; Ph.D., organic chemistry, Indiana University
Lahm on what he hopes to accomplish in the next decade: “There is a constant need to renew crop protection products to fight the extraordinary ability of crop pests to develop resistance. The single best way to meet this challenge is to identify molecules that act by new biological mechanisms. My continuing objective is to find these molecules and bring them forward to create a sustainable pipeline of tools for today and well into the future.”
What his colleagues say: “Lahm has a truly rare combination of abilities in organic synthesis, scientific leadership, and business acumen combined with an innate ability to recognize the promise of areas which have not yet been exploited. These traits single him out as a true outlier in field of crop protection as someone who is able to make extraordinary contributions to his discipline.”—Thomas Stevenson, DuPont
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