WMC professor named Md. Chemist of the Year

November 19, 1995

Western Maryland College chemistry Professor Richard H. Smith Jr., has been named Maryland Chemist of the Year by the state section of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Established in 1962, the award is given annually to a member of the Maryland section of ACS in recognition of achievement in pure or applied chemistry, chemical engineering or chemical education.

Dr. Smith joined the faculty of Western Maryland in 1973 and has been a visiting scientist at the National Cancer Institute's Frederick Cancer Research and Development Center.

His work on substances that could contribute to the fight against cancer has earned him a national reputation and three substantial National Science Foundation (NSF) grants, the society said.

Since 1990 he has had 16 articles published in scientific journals; eight of those listed 15 student authors.

In 1992, Dr. Smith received a $60,000 award from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Scholar/Fellow Program.

An additional NSF grant of $68,000 in 1992 enabled Dr. Smith to establish a state-of-the-art molecular modeling laboratory and enhance students' understanding of the chemical and physical properties of molecules.

He also has received Special Achievement recognition from Western Maryland three times and the college's Scholarly Publication honor six times for his work published in science journals. Dr. Smith will be the speaker at the dinner-meeting of the Maryland section of ACS on Dec. 13 at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

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