ACS President: Marston T. Bogert (1907-1908 )

Served as President: 1907 and 1908

Although he never obtained a graduate degree himself, Bogert directed the work of many graduate students

Bogert was self-taught in all of his fields of study


  • Ph.B., 1894, Columbia School of Mines, Analytical and Applied Chemistry

Career Highlights:

  • Columbia University, first professor of organic chemistry 1904 - 1938
  • Columbia University, retired as emeritus professor in residence 1938

Notable Accomplishments:

His research included work on synthesis of heterocyclic compounds, dyes, pharmaceuticals, and perfumes

• While he remained firm in his attachment to synthetic organic chemistry, his students did not follow in his area of research. Each was self-taught in a related field. They included a pioneer in analytical chemistry; an initiator of advances in physical organic chemistry and biological chemistry; one became one of the world’s great microbiologists; a founder of one of the nation’s leading chemical consulting firms.

Major Awards and Honors:

  • Nichols Medal, 1905
  • Medal of the American Institute of Chemists, 1935
  • Priestley Medal, 1938
  • Chandler Medal, 1949
  • Honorary L.L.D. Clark University, 1909

Service to Science:

  • President, Society of Chemical Industry, 1912
  • President, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, 1938- 1947

Did You Know

. . . that in 1918-19, he was a colonel in the Chemical Warfare Service and for the remainder of his life was often addressed as Colonel, a form of address that he much enjoyed?

. . . that he always presided at the annual award of the Perkin Medal where he wore a dress suit and a mauve tie?