Distinguished Alumni Awards

Leo J. Thomas

Leo J. Thomas
To Leo J. Thomas, chemical engineer, research director, and industrial executive, for his many original contributions to the field of industrial chemical engineering, his significant management role in the development of the technology required for diversified products, and his stron support of innovation and education in the United States.

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Life Sciene Division, Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, New York

  • MS, Chemical Engineering, 1960
  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, 1961

Leo Thomas played a major role in the development of the Kodak instant camera and film products. He also played a significant management role in the development of the Kodak disc cameras and film and the film and the Kodak EKTACHEM Clinical Analyzer. He has been a strong supporter of innovation and education and has worked to improve the environment for the advancement of science and technology.

Thomas is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Society of Photographic Scientists and Engineers, and the Directors of Industrial Research. He is also a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society, and the Engineering Research Board. He is co-chairman of the Board of Chemical Sciences and Technology of the National Research Council.

Current as of 1988.