The American Chemical Society (ACS) has named its 2015 class of ACS Fellows and Florida Tech’s Gordon Nelson, professor of chemistry, is one of 78 scientists in the nation to receive the honor. ACS Fellows are men and women who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and made important contributions to Society.
“Through their work, the ACS Fellows are using the transforming power of chemistry to improve health, protect the planet and feed the world’s population,” said ACS President Diane Grob Schmidt. “Through their service in the community they are making science accessible to all, supporting students and teachers and giving back through countless acts of public outreach.”
Nelson was the 1988 president of the ACS and a member of its Board of Directors in 1977-85, 1987-89 and 1992-92. He began serving as an ACS Councilor in 1972 and remains one today.
The 2015 ACS Fellows were recognized at a ceremony and reception on Aug. 17, during the Society’s 250th National Meeting & Exposition in Boston, Massachusetts.
Nelson’s background is in physical organic chemistry – the how and why of organic reactions. Much of his research has been in the area of polymer flammability, and his more than 200 publications are principally in the area of the flammability of polymers; particularly engineering plastics.
The ACS Fellows program began in 2009 as a way to recognize and honor ACS members for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession, and ACS. Nelson is the first recipient from Florida Tech.