Robert James Madix PhD

Title: Charles Lee Powell Professor Emeritus

Location: Belmont, Massachusetts, United States

Robert James Madix, Charles Lee Powell Professor Emeritus, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in chemistry.

Dr. Madix leaned into his interest in the sciences, especially chemistry, while in high school. He found the subject to be both challenging and exciting, and decided to go the route of chemical engineering for its practicality and combination of mathematics and science. He first attended the University of Illinois, receiving a Bachelor of Science in 1961, and proceeded with his academic pursuits at the University of California, earning a PhD in 1964. Not long after graduation, Dr. Madix embarked on a career spanning more than five, starting with his work as a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute in Germany. In 1965, he joined the faculty at Stanford University, first as an assistant professor and then as an associate professor. In 1983, he became chairman of the chemical engineering department at the institution and in 1990 was honored as the Charles Lee Powell Professor of Chemical Engineering, a role which he held until 2006. In 2005, Dr. Madix served as a Senior Research Fellow of the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University.

In addition to these roles, Dr. Madix has had a hand in a number of other career-related endeavors. These include consulting for companies such as Monsanto, Shell Oil, and lecturing at institutions such as Arizona State University, Yale University, the University of Texas, Pennsylvania State University and the University of Florida. He has conducted research on chemical intermediates since 1994 and has contributed to Catalysis Letters since 1992. He was an associate editor of Catalysis Letters from 1986 to 1989. Furthermore, he maintained professional affiliation with a variety of organizations throughout his career. These affiliations include the American Physical Society, the American Vacuum Society, the California Catalysis Society, the American Chemical Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineering.

Lauded for his work in education, research and leadership in chemical engineering, Dr. Madix has received several awards. When he was a senior in college, he received The Big 10 Honor Medal for Athletics and Scholarship, an honor only given to one student-athlete at each Big 10 university. With this early recognition, he has gone on to receive the Alpha Chi Sigma Award from AIChemE, the Paul Emmett Award from the Catalysis Society of North America, the Humboldt U.S. Senior Scientist Prize, the Henry J. Alber Award from the International Precious Metal Institute, and the Irving Langmuir Distinguished Lecturer Award, the Arthur Adamson Award and the Gabor Somorjai Award from the American Chemical Society. He is a Ford Foundation Fellow, as well as a fellow of the American Vacuum Society and the American Chemical Society.

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