Fred Anson Named to Gilloon Professorship
PASADENA—Fred Anson, professor of chemistry at Caltech, has been appointed the first Elizabeth W. Gilloon Professor of Chemistry. Anson, a Caltech alumnus and a member of the faculty since 1957, was chair of the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from 1984 to 1994.
Born in Los Angeles, Anson received his bachelor's degree from Caltech in 1954 and his doctorate from Harvard in 1957. He returned to Caltech as an instructor in chemistry that same year and was named assistant professor of chemistry in 1958, associate professor in 1962, and full professor in 1968.
Anson conducts research in electrochemistry, a field that has application in such diverse realms as hearing aids and heart pacemakers, car batteries, and fuel cells for use in spacecraft and for the clean, efficient generation of electricity. He has carried out pioneering work on the electrochemistry of polymers, on the catalysis of electrode reactions, and on electrochemical reactions that involve ultrathin coating of molecules on electrode surfaces. Elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1988, Anson has received many other honors, including the Electrochemical Society's first David C. Grahame Award in 1983, Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Awards in 1984, 1986, and 1994, the Society of Electroanalytical Chemistry's C. N. Reilley Award in 1986, and from the American Chemical Society, the Award in Analytical Chemistry in 1989 and the Award in Electrochemistry in 1994. Among his many professional memberships, he was elected a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society earlier this year, and served as a member of the governing board of the Council for Chemical Research, Inc., from 1988 to 1991.
Named for the late Elizabeth W. Gilloon, the Gilloon Chair was endowed from the estate of her husband, Frank J. Gilloon, a longtime Caltech supporter who was an instructor in civil engineering at Caltech from 1918 to 1920. His estate has also endowed the Frank J. Gilloon Distinguished Teaching and Service professorship, currently held by Caltech physicist and vice provost David Goodstein, and has endowed the Virginia Gilloon graduate fellowship, in honor of Gilloon's sister. Frank Gilloon died in 1994.
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Written by John Avery