In recognition of his 1964 development of olefin metathesis, a chemistry that laid the groundwork for many new elastomers, copolymers, terpolymers, and oligomers, Dr. Nissim Calderon has been named the 2020 Charles Goodyear medalist.

Dr. Calderon graduated with his Ph.D. in Polymer Science from the University of Akron in 1962. Prior to that, he received an M.S. degree in Chemistry from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He was also awarded a Doctorate in Technical Science by TU Graz, Austria, in recognition of his pioneering work. The German Rubber Society, DKG, awarded him the Carl-Dietrich Medal.

In 1962, Dr. Calderon joined Goodyear as a Senior Research Chemist and was promoted to Section Head of the newly formed Elastomers Division in 1967. In 1975, Goodyear assembled a new department named New Polymerization Processes, and promoted Dr. Calderon to be its manager. That promotion was followed in 1977 by his move to...

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