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  Raymond F. Boyer - Hall of Fame Entry
Author: Plastics Academy Staff
Added: 03/28/2004
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Raymond F. Boyer - Hall of Fame Entry


Raymond F. Boyer




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One of the worlds's leading scientists in macromolecular physics. Specializations include: glass temperature, multiple transitions, molecular weights and molecular weight distributions, and physical property-chemical structure correlations.

Boyer's experimental and theoretical studies on multiple transitions and relaxations in amorphous and semi-crystalline polymers, and more recently with special emphasis on the liquid state, are widely recognized by the international scientific community. He is currently a Distinguished Research Fellow and Research Professor of Polymer Physics at Michigan Molecular Institute (M.M.I.) in Midland, MI.

While at Dow Chemical U.S.A., Dr. Boyer served as Director of Plastics Research and Development and was Assistant Director of Corporate Research at the time of his retirement. He was one of the conceptual developers of M.M.I. before joining the institute as an Affiliate Scientist in 1975.

Among his many contributions to the plastics industry are his heat and light stability studies, instrumental in the development of SARAN. His investigations of styrene-divinylbenzene copolymers influenced the dielectric properties of polymers for electronic applications such as radar.

Dr. Boyer and his co-workers had more than 20 patents issued from 1941 to 1969. He is the author of more than 200 technical publications and co-editor with Boundy of the widely used Monograph on Styrene and Polystyrene, published by Reinhold in 1952. He has been on the advisory boards of four international scientific journals. Among the many awards he has received are the SPE International Award in Polymer Science and Engineering in 1968, and the Swinburne Award from the Plastics Institute of Great Britain in 1972.

In addition to belonging to SPE, Boyer is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the ACS, the American Physical Society, the National Academy of Engineering, the New York Academy of Sciences, and Sigma Xi.

Dr. Boyer was born in Denver, Colorado in 1910. He received his BS in physics (1933), MS in physics (1935), and honorary Doctor of Science degree (1955) from Case Western Reserve University.

He is widowed and lives in Midland, MI. He has two sons and two daughters.