Edith Flanigen

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Title: Materials Scientist, Consultant
Location:  White Plains, New York, United States

Edith Flanigen, Materials Scientist and Consultant, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in chemistry.

Dr. Flanigen became involved in her profession due to the influence of her chemistry teachers in high school and college. She attended a Catholic high school and continued her education at D’Youville College, receiving a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in chemistry in 1950. She continued her academic pursuits at Syracuse University, whereupon she received a Master of Science in inorganic chemistry in 1953. Later on, Dr. Flanigen received an honorary DSc from D’Youville College in 1983 and an honorary DSc from Syracuse University in 2008.

While matriculating in her graduate program, Dr. Flanigen began working as a research chemist with the Union Carbide Corp. She remained in this position until 1956, where she then became a researcher with the company’s molecular sieve group. In this venture, she contributed her skills and expertise until 1982. That year, she was made a corporate research fellow and a senior corporate research fellow with the company. In 1988, Dr. Flanigen joined the UOP Tarrytown Technology Center, which is a joint venture between Union Carbide and Allied Signal, as a senior research fellow in materials science. She was made a UOP fellow in 1991 and retired in 1994. Since then, she has worked as a consultant in the field.

Dr. Flanigen’s career is marked with an abundance of achievements. As a patent holder of 109 patents in the field, she has been recognized with a number of accolades for her contributions. These awards including being the co-recipient of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, which was presented to her by President Barack Obama in 2014, and being named to the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2004. While at Union Carbide, she was the first woman to be named a corporate research fellow. In her 42-year career associated with Union Carbide, Dr. Flanigen is credited with inventing more than 200 different synthetic substances and authoring or co-authoring more than 36 publications.

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