Roy Gordon

Title: Chemistry Professor
Company: Harvard University
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Roy Gordon, Chemistry Professor at Harvard University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in science education.

In preparation for his career, Dr. Gordon attended Harvard University and received a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, in 1961. He continued his studies with a Master of Arts in physics in 1962 and a PhD in chemical physics in 1964. Upon his graduation, he began as an assistant professor in the department of chemistry and chemical biology at his alma mater, and in 1969, he accepted the designation of a full professor in the department. Dr. Gordon has continued his career in this position for more than 50 years. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and maintains memberships to the American Chemical Society, the Faraday Society, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Phi Beta Kappa and the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society.

Dr. Gordon has been interested in chemistry from a young age. He had a makeshift laboratory in his basement, with chemicals supplied by his friends who were chemists or pharmacists. This budding passion grew into his long and successful career, and he is grateful to have had flexibility in his scheduling and choice in his pursuits. Dr. Gordon feels thankful to have had the luxury of being able to identify important problems and start to work on them immediately, without having to wait for the support of the government or the corporate sector. He has myriad achievements to his credit, including inventions in solar energy, energy-conserving windows and microelectronics, as well as theoretical research on the forms of intermolecular forces, the way molecules collide, and the motion of molecules in liquids and solids.

For his excellence in the field, Dr. Gordon has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including the Esselen Award in 1996, the Baekeland Award in 1969, the American AVS Achievement Award, the Department of Energy Research Partnership Award for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and the Bourke Award. He also was recognized with the Eni Award from the Boston Museum of Science, and his inventions of energy-conserving windows and solar cells are in permanent exhibits at both the Boston Museum of Science as well as the Corning Museum of Glass. As a further testament to his success and experience, Dr. Gordon has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who in America.

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