Dr. Henry Aaron Hill (1915 – 1979)
The Henry A. Hill Award for Outstanding Service to the Northeastern Section is awarded annually to a member, to a former member, or in memory of a deceased member or former member of the Section who has made outstanding contributions to the Section’s programs and activities.The award is comprised of a plaque and a scroll suitably engraved with an appropriate citation. It is awarded annually at a regular meeting of the Northeastern Section unless otherwise specified by the Board of Directors.
About Henry A. Hill
Henry Hill was a native of St. Joseph, Missouri. He was a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University in North Carolina and received a doctorate degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1942. He began a professional career in industrial chemistry in that same year, with the North Atlantic Research Corporation in Newtonville, Massachusetts. He eventually rose to become vice-president, while continuing to conduct research and development on water-based plants, fire-fighting foam, and several types of synthetic rubber. After leaving North Atlantic Research, he worked as a group leader in the research laboratories of the Dewey and Almy Chemical Company before starting his own entrepreneurial venture—National Polychemicals in 1952. Ten years later he founded Riverside Research Laboratories in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The firm offered research, development and consulting services in resins, rubbers, textiles, and polymer reduction. Riverside Research Laboratory introduced four successful commercial enterprises, including its own manufacturing affiliate. Dr. Hill, was appointed by President Lydon Johnson to the National Commission on Product Safety and became active in research and testing programs in the fields of product flammability and product safety.
The ACS was always very close to Dr. Hill’s heart. His active career with the ACS began in the middle 1950s in the Northeastern Section. Dr. Hill served on various Northeastern Section committees, became a councilor in 1961, and was Chairman of the Section in 1963. He served the ACS in important national positions including secretary and chairman of the Professional Relations Committee, ACS Council, Policy Committee, Board of Directors and then ultimately serving as president in 1977. Dr. Henry Hill was the first African American to become president of the American Chemical Society.
He made an especially significant impact in professional policy by pioneering establishment of a set of guidelines defining acceptable behavior for employers in their professional relations with chemists and chemical engineers. This effort resulted in the ACS landmark document entitled “Professional Employment Guidelines.”
Jack Driscoll receives the 2021 Henry A. Hill Award
The 2021 Henry A. Hill Award for Conspicuous Service to the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society was awarded to Jack Driscoll as announced by NESACS Chair Raj (SB) Rajur and the Henry A. Hill Award Committee.
Jack Driscoll attended Franklin Institute, Suffolk University, Boston University and Northeastern University. He is a physical chemist and a successful serial chemical entrepreneur: Founder of HNU Systems, HNU Nordion, PID Analyzers, Nova Biomedical and Sanvista Medical, whose innovations have earned him five IR100 awards and one R&D100 award.
Driscoll is credited with the commercialization of photoionization, a life-saving technology for the analysis of toxic volatile organic compounds in the workplace, that has garnered numerous product awards including an IR100 award in 1980, an R&D 100 award in 2013, which are awarded to 100 of the most technologically significant products each year. Additionally, Driscoll is the 2019 recipient of the Hach ACS National Award for Entrepreneurial Success and the 2017 Edward J. Baier Award for Significant Contributions to Industrial Hygiene (Photoionization technology) issued by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) for the Development of the first photoionization detector for Industrial Hygienists to measure VOC’s in the workplace.
He has been awarded more than 45 US and Foreign patents as well as published over 140 technical papers and one book.
For his science and STEM education public outreach efforts in Southeastern Massachusetts which include the Cape Cod Science Café which has programmed about four events per year since 2011, Cape Cod celebrates National Chemistry Week at the Boy Scouts Wicked Cool Autumn Welcome (2013-2019, 2021) and STEM Journey (2014-2019), Jack is the 2016 recipient of the NERM E. Ann Nalley Award (2016) for volunteer service to the Northeast Region of the American Chemical Society.
Jack is a 56 year member of the ACS and was inducted into the 2015 Class of ACS Fellows. His professional service to the Northeastern Section includes chairing the NESACS Public Relations Committee since 2010, attended the weekend long ACS Sparkle Public Relations training at ACS Headquarters in D.C. in 2012 on behalf of NESACS, has chaired and organized numerous Southeastern MA subsection science cafe events, earned a ChemLuminary Award for the day-long Entrepreneurial Program hosted by NESACS and held jointly with the ACS Division of Small Chemical Businesses (SCHB) (2012), organized a NESACS meeting with special guest and Nobel Laureate, Martin Karplus (2012), was a speaker and participant that brought ACS/NESACS Entrepreneurial Programming to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Boston, which included 16 hours of staffed NESACS member outreach at the AAAS Family Science Days each year (2013, 2015, 2017), chaired the NESACS Southeastern Massachusetts Special Committee from 2013-present, assisted the New Hampshire area NESACS with the organization and facilitation of science cafes and technical meetings (2013, 2014, 2015), active member of the Southeastern Massachusetts Regional STEM Network (2013-present), co-organized the ACS Entrepreneurial Showcase East on behalf of NESACS (2014), earned a ChemLuminary Award for the collaboration between NESACS and the ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry (ENVR) for the Wicked Cool Science Cafe-part of how Cape Cod Celebrates National Chemistry Week (2014), championed and chaired the Edwin H. Land and Instant Photography National Historic Chemical Landmark-the first Chemical Landmark in Massachusetts (2015), organized a NESACS meeting with special guest and Nobel Laureate, W. E. Moerner (2015), earned a ChemLuminary Award for Outstanding Continuing Public Relations for a Local Section (2015), hands-on activity facilitator at Science in Your Swimsuit (2017-present), organized symposia at the ACS Boston meetings in 2015 and 2018, at ACS Orlando in 2019 and ACS virtual in April 2021 that NESACS co-sponsored that were about Arthur Obermayer and the Billion Dollar SBIR, served on the Science Advisory Board at Sandwich STEM Academy and Sandwich High School (this resulted in Sandwich High School hosting STEM Journey 2017-present), guest presenter at the Sandwich High School Science Club (2018, 2019), activity provider and co-organizer at Science Sunday Funday in celebration of the International Year of the Periodic Table event at the Sandwich Public Library (2019), in lieu of holding in-person events during the pandemic, NESACS Public Relations worked with The Lehigh Valley Section of ACS and co-sponsored their free virtual 12 week After School Chemistry Program (2021). Stay tuned for exciting collaborations in 2022 as NESACS Public Relations takes STEM Journey on the road for the STEM Journey Speaker Expansion Series and works with the ACS Division of History on the Henry A. Hill Legacy Preservation Project.
The award was presented virtually at the February 2022 NESACS Meeting. To read more please see the February 2022 issue of the Nucleus.
Henry A. Hill Memorial Lectureship
The National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineer (NOBCChE)
In recognition of their many outstanding achievements NOBCChE identifies an outstanding Scientist or Engineer to be designated as the Henry A. Hill Distinguished Lecturer.
Professor Richmond Sarpong, University of California Berkeley – Break-it-to-Make-it Strategies for Chemical Synthesis Inspired by Complex Natural Products
Fikile Brushett, Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Pathways to sustainability through electrochemical technologies
Cato T. Laurencin, University of Connecticut – Regenerative Engineering: A Convergence Approach for Grand Challenges
LaShanda Korley, University of Delaware – Utilizing concepts of mechanics, transport, and assembly in Nature – towards responsive materials via strategic control of architecture and alignment
Teri Quinn Gra, DowDuPont Transportation & Advanced Polymers, District III Director – American Chemical Society
Tim Williamson, Co-founder and CEO of The Idea Village
Garland L. Thompson, Esq. Thompson Scribeworks
Roderic Pettigrew, NIBIB
Warren M. Washington, National Center for Atmospheric research
Joe Francisco, Purdue University
Richard Davis, BIPM
James West, Johns Hopkins University
Reatha Clark King, General Mills Foundation (retd.)/NACD Chair
Sharon L. Haynie, E. I. DuPont Company
Willie E. May, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Paula T. Hammond, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Yetunde Taiwo, Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals
Robert L. Ford, Southern University and A&M College
Isiah Warner, Louisiana State University
James Mitchell, Lucent Technologies
Gregory H. Robinson, University of Georgia, Athens
Linda C. Meade-Tollin, University of Arizona
Ned Heindel, Lehigh University
Lynda M. Jordan
Shirley Jackson, President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Sidney A. McNairy, National Institute of Health
Hazel J. Shorter, DuPont Merck Pharmaceutical
Jeannie Patrick Rohm & Haas Company
L. Shelbert Smith
W. Lincoln Hawkins, AT&T Bell Laboratories (retired)
Samuel P. Massie, US Naval Academy
C. S. Kiang, Georgia Institute of Technology
James B. Hamilton
Walter Cooper, Eastman Kodak
James E. Phillips [posthumously]
Raj (SB) Rajur
Marietta Schwartz [posthumously]
Karen Piper, and James U. Piper
Arthur S. Obermayer
Michael P. Filosa
Thomas R. Gilbert
E. Joseph Bill
Dorothy J. Phillips
Charles E. Kolb
Donald O. Rickter
Doris I. Lewis
Michael J. Hearn
Myron S. Simon
Catherine E. Costello
John L. Neumeyer
Mary T. Burgess, Michaeline F. Chen, and David M. Howell
Michael E. Strem
Willam O. Foye
Arlene W. and Truman S. Light
Ernest I. Becker
Valerie R. Wilcox
James U. Piper
Wallace J. Gleekman
Ester A. H. Hopkins
Sr. Magdalen Julie Wallace [posthumously]
Arno H. A. Heyn
Phyllis A. Braune
G. Richard Handrick and Janet S. Perkins
Arnert Lawrence Powell
Robert Devereux Eddy
Edward Redmond Atkinson
Henry A. Hill [posthumously]