Pittcon Heritage Award

Feb 25, 2010

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

4:30 p.m., Chapin Theater, Room W420

The Pittcon Heritage Award will be given to Dr. Walter Jennings, Professor Emeritus of the University of California Davis and co-founder of J&W Scientific, on Sunday afternoon at Pittcon 2010. The award recognizes outstanding individuals whose entrepreneurial careers have shaped the instrumentation community, inspired achievement, promoted public understanding of the modern instrumentation sciences, and highlighted the role of analytical chemistry in world economies.

Professor Jennings built the first gas chromatograph in 1954 at UC Davis. His laboratory became one of the first incubators for scientists developing GC fundamentals, applications, sample preparation, columns, and instrumentation. He has authored over 300 publications, and his book Analytical Gas Chromatography (with Mittlefehldt and Stremple) is a recognized classic. In collaboration with a doctoral student, he founded J&W Scientific, Inc. in 1974. Jennings has served as Adviser in GC to the governments of Bulgaria and Poland under the auspices of the International Atomic Energy Agency. He is recognized as a “Senior American Scientist” by the German Government, and in 1973 received the prestigious “Humboldt-Preis” from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Professor Jennings has received numerous awards, including the Founders Award in Gas Chromatography administered by the Beckman Corporation, the Keene Dimick Award, the A.J.P. Martin Gold Medal from the Chromatographic Society (UK), the Silver Jubilee Award of the 19th International Symposium on Capillary Chromatography, the Award of Distinction from the University of California, Davis, the Dal Nogare Award, the Anachem Award, the CASSS award for achievements in the separation sciences, and the LCGC award for Lifetime Achievements in Chromatography.

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