SOURCE: ACS Hungary Chapter

ACS Hungary Chapter

August 07, 2014 08:19 ET

Science and Legacy of Attila Pavlath

Attila Endre Pavlath: Always a Pioneer, Receives International Recognition for 60 Years of Contribution to ACS's Activities

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY and SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Aug 7, 2014) - To celebrate Dr. Pavlath' 6 decades of achievements, scientific and organizational work amongst colleagues, friends, and professional devotees, the American Chemical Society has organized and dedicated an entire session at the ACS 248th National Meeting & Exposition in San Francisco on August 12th , 2014 at 8:00 am.

About Attila Endre Pavlath

During his long professional career in chemistry, Dr. Pavlath's has been an outstanding scientist and a selfless human being who has devoted much of his life to improving the profession, the life of its practitioners, and building cooperation with foreign chemical societies and organizations throughout the world. Dr. Pavlath has been involved in the ACS activities for over 60 years in many forms, from being President, member of the Board of Directors, to Chair the California Section three times over a span of 28 years. He presented talks in 178 out of the 189 Local Sections of the American Chemical Society. In the ACS Speakers Bureau he is listed with ten topics. His accomplishments in chemistry are remarkable in every area. In addition to his 130+ publications, he holds 25 patents. He is also the member of the German and Hungarian Chemical Societies and the Royal Society of Great Britain. He developed cooperation between the ACS and the Association of European Chemical and Molecular Sciences and regularly attended their annual General Assembly throughout Europe to find out what help could be offered. It resulted in the regular attendance of the ACS President at EuCheMS meetings and the invitation of EuCheMS Presidents to ACS meetings.

His international reputation in these areas is also demonstrated by the numerous invitations to foreign countries and by foreign scientists coming to work in his laboratory. He was one of the scientists invited by the Chinese government in 1982 after the collapse of its Cultural Revolution for a three week lecture tour in China to fill in the scientific gap created by 20 years curtailing science. He was invited by the Japanese National Food Research Institute for a three week lecture tour in Japan. He was the U.S. Co-Secretary of the U.S. Japan Agriculture and Food Panel for 20 years arranging annual meetings and exchange of scientists between USDA and the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture. The French Food and Nutrition University (ENSBANA) sent many of its students to Dr. Pavlath's laboratory to fulfill their pre-graduation research requirements. He had a long cooperative work with the University of Concepcion in Chile on the non-food utilization of agricultural products accommodating visiting scientists in his laboratory.

Dr. Pavlath was always actively involved in improving the public image of chemistry. During his ACS Presidency in 2001 he commissioned the creation of an exhibit describing the number of benefits chemistry provides in everyday life. He arranged its conversion to a traveling poster exhibit and then worked with numerous chemical societies to translate it to 30 European, Asian and African languages. The English and French versions were used for the opening of International Year of Chemistry 2011 in Paris and closing in Brussels. In addition these were important parts during IYC11 celebrations of throughout the world and are still being used at various Conferences.

He built strong cooperation between the United States and Japan to share research in agriculture. For 20 years he organized and attended annual meetings for agricultural researchers of the two countries alternating between the U.S. and Japan.

He has received from the Secretary of Agriculture USDA's Technology Transfer Award for carrying out his research from the laboratory to commercial applications and he was recently awarded the Spencer Award.

Though Dr. Pavlath has remarkable achievements already he is still very active for the benefit of numerous organizations in the field of chemistry.

Dr. Pavlath has recently joined the Board of Directors of ComInnex (www.cominnex.com) an innovative discovery chemistry service company.

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