Norman Hackerman

Born: March 2, 1912 | Baltimore, MD, US
Died: Saturday, June 16, 2007 | Temple, TX, US
Photograph of Norman Hackerman

CHF Collections, Photograph by Douglas A. Lockard

Norman Hackerman's third interview begins by reviewing the origins of his association with The Electrochemical Society [ECS], which was related to his interest in the oxygen electrode as a student. He recalls his first paper, presented at an ECS conference and published in the Transactions of the American Electrochemical Society , and the first colleagues he met at this ECS meeting. He next describes the character of The ECS at that time, comparing it with the American Chemical Society [ACS], as well as the origins of the society's journal and his involvement in publication and editorial activities.

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Interview Details

Interview no.: Oral History 0083C
No. of pages: 31
Minutes: 93

Interview Sessions

James J. Bohning
8 February 1995
University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas

Abstract of Interview

In this, his third of three interviews with James J. Bohning of the Chemical Heritage Foundation, Norman Hackerman begins by reviewing the origins of his association with The Electrochemical Society (ECS), which was related to his interest in the oxygen electrode as a student. He recalls his first paper, presented at an ECS conference and published in the Transactions of the American Electrochemical Society, and the first colleagues he met at this ECS meeting. He next describes the character of The ECS at that time, comparing it with the American Chemical Society (ACS), as well as the origins of the society's journal and his involvement in publication and editorial activities. Hackerman touches briefly upon his committee work before examining the growth, structure, membership, and functions of The ECS during his appointments. Finally he describes achievements and obstacles during his tenure as Vice President and then President, and his view of the Society's influence on electrochemistry and related fields.

Education

Year Institution Degree Discipline
1932 Johns Hopkins University AB Chemistry
1935 Johns Hopkins University PhD Chemistry

Professional Experience

Loyola College

1935 to 1939
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Colloid Corporation

1936 to 1940
Research Chemist

US Coast Guard

1939 to 1941
Assistant Chemist

Virginia Polytechnic Institute

1941 to 1943
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Kellex Corporation

1944 to 1945
Research Chemist

University of Texas at Austin

1945 to 1946
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
1946 to 1950
Associate Professor of Chemistry
1948 to 1961
Director, Corrosion Research Laboratory
1950 to 1970
Professor of Chemistry
1952 to 1961
Chairman, Chemistry Department
1960 to 1961
Dean of Research and Sponsored Programs
1961 to 1963
Vice President and Provost
1963 to 1967
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
1967 to 1970
President
1985
Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

Rice University

1970 to 1985
President
1970 to 1985
Professor of Chemistry
1985
President Emeritus
1985
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

The Robert A. Welch Foundation

1982
Chairman, Scientific Advisory Board

Honors

Year(s) Award
1956

Whitney Award, National Association of Corrosion Engineers

1964

Joseph L. Mattiello Award

1965

Palladium Medal, The Electrochemical Society

1965

Southwest Regional Award, American Chemical Society

1972

LLD, St. Edwards University

1975

DSc, Austin College

1975

Honor Scroll, Texas Institute of Chemists

1978

DSc, Texas Christian University

1978

LLD, Abilene Christian University

1978

Gold Medal, American Institute of Chemists

1981

Mirabeau B. Lamar Award, Association of Texas Colleges and Universities

1982

Distinguished Alumnus Award, Johns Hopkins University

1984

Edward Goodrich Acheson Award, The Electrochemical Society

1984

Alumni Gold Medal for Distinguished Service, Rice University

1987

Charles Lathrop Parsons Award

1987

Philip Hauge Abelson Prize, American Association for the Advancement of Science

1993

Vannevar Bush Award, National Science Board

1993

Doctor of Public Service, University of North Texas

1993

National Medal of Science

1999

Texas Distinguished Scientist Award, Texas Academy of Science

Table of Contents

Early Years in The Electrochemical Society
1

Research at Johns Hopkins University. Association with The Electrochemical Society. First paper. Colleagues in The ECS.

Publications and <em>The Journal of the Electrochemical Society</em>
7

Appointment as Chairman of Publication Committee. Appointment as TechnicalEditor, then Editor of journal. Evolution of journal. Editorial system of journal.

Other Early ECS Activities
11

Palladium Medal. Chairman of the Corrosion Division of The ECS. Role in initiating Electrochemical Technology journal. Growth in membership of The ECS. Nature of membership and Society in general.

Vice President and President of The Electrochemical Society
18

Influence, accomplishments, and problems as President of The ECS. Relationship of The ECS to other societies. The ECS's contributions to electrochemistry.

Notes
28
Index
29

About the Interviewer

James J. Bohning

James J. Bohning was professor emeritus of chemistry at Wilkes University, where he had been a faculty member from 1959 to 1990. He served there as chemistry department chair from 1970 to 1986 and environmental science department chair from 1987 to 1990. Bohning was chair of the American Chemical Society’s Division of the History of Chemistry in 1986; he received the division’s Outstanding Paper Award in 1989 and presented more than forty papers at national meetings of the society. Bohning was on the advisory committee of the society’s National Historic Chemical Landmarks Program from its inception in 1992 through 2001 and is currently a consultant to the committee. He developed the oral history program of the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and he was CHF’s director of oral history from 1990 to 1995. From 1995 to 1998, Bohning was a science writer for the News Service group of the American Chemical Society. In May 2005, he received the Joseph Priestley Service Award from the Susquehanna Valley Section of the American Chemical Society.  Bohning passed away in September 2011.