Location: Lawrenceville, New Jersey, United States
David McMahon, Chemist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of chemistry research and chromatography.
As a student, Dr. McMahon attended Holy Cross College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry in 1963. He transitioned to the University of New Hampshire, earning a PhD in chemistry in 1968, and worked as a chemist in research and engineering for Exxon until 1970. He accepted a position as a group leader and senior chemist for Union Camp Corp. in Princeton, New Jersey, where he remained for nearly 30 years, until his retirement in 1999.
Dr. McMahon became interested in his field because of his high school chemistry teacher. He is a former associate editor for both the Journal of Chromatographic Science and Chromatography Illustrated., and worked with taking the headspace, or fragrance, of different flowers. He would isolate the headspace and put it into a chromatograph, separating it into different components and different peak sizes, which were then identified on a computer.
Over the course of his career, Dr. McMahon worked on a wide variety of research projects, traveling around the country to deal with chemical problems as they arose. He maintained memberships to multiple professional organizations, including the American Society for Testing and Materials, for which he was the former vice-chairman and secretary of the E-19 committee on chromatography, and the American Chemical Society.
Currently, Dr. McMahon is retired, and he enjoys participating in volunteer work, church, and travel. He volunteers for Adoptable Tomb, which sends snacks to soldiers stationed abroad. He is most proud of helping the needy, such as helping people with food costs or bills they cannot afford. As a testament to his success, experience, and stature as a chemist, Dr. McMahon was featured in the 29th edition of Who’s Who in Finance and Industry.
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