Prestigious Chemist to Speak at Helen Murray Free Lectures

Dr. Paul Anderson will visit The College of Wooster on Oct. 23

6 October, 2014 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — Paul Anderson, whose research groups are credited with the discovery of the first topical carbonic anhydrase inhibitor for treating glaucoma; Zocor, a frequently prescribed drug for lowering cholesterol levels; and two drugs for the treatment of HIV infection, will speak at the Helen Murray Free Lectures on Thursday, Oct. 23, at The College of Wooster. He will present a technical lecture, titled “A Retrospective Look at Drug Discovery,” at 11 a.m. and a public lecture, titled “Challenges and Opportunities in the Pharmaceutical Industry,” at 7:30 p.m. Both lectures will be held in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.) and both are free and open to the public.

Anderson graduated from the University of Vermont, where he majored in chemistry, and earned his Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire. He began his career with Merck Sharp and Dohme Research Laboratories, where he progressed from senior research chemist to vice president for chemistry. He left Merck in 1994 to become senior vice president of chemical and physical sciences for the DuPont-Merck Pharmaceuticals Company. Since his retirement in 2002, he has served on the Board of Directors of several companies and foundations and the scientific advisory boards of several organizations. His honors include the American Chemical Society’s E. B. Hershberg Award for important discoveries in medicinally active substances (1995), the American Section of the Society for Chemical Industry Perkin Medal (2002), the National Academy of Sciences Award for Chemistry in Service to Society (2003), and the American Chemical Society highest honor: the Priestley Medal (2006). He was later inducted into the American Chemical Society Division of Medicinal Chemistry Hall of Fame. In addition, he is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the New York Academy of Sciences.

The Helen Murray Free Endowed Lecture Series was established by her children and endowed through the Alfred and Helen Free Foundation. She graduated from The College of Wooster in 1945 with a B.A. in chemistry. Her research in clinical chemistry revolutionized diagnostic testing, particularly the "dip-and-read" glucose tests for diabetics, and she was awarded seven patents for her clinical diagnostic test inventions. From 1987 to 1992, she chaired the American Chemical Society's (ACS) National Chemistry Week Task Force, and in 1993 she served as president of the ACS. She and her husband were inducted into the National Inventor's Hall of Fame in 2000, and in 2010, the ACS designated the development of her diagnostic test strips as a National Historic Chemical Landmark. That same year, she was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Obama.

Additional information about the lectures is available by phone (330-263-2418) or e-mail.