Dr. Linneaus Cuthbert Dorman Named a Lifetime Achiever by Marquis Who’s Who

2017-07-31

    MIDLAND, MI, July 31, 2017 — Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to name Dr. Linneaus Cuthbert Dorman a Lifetime Achiever. An accomplished listee, Dr. Dorman celebrates many years’ experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

The advancement of organic science has Dr. Dorman’s six decades in the field to thank in areas ranging from medicine to agriculture. Dr. Dorman devoted his lifetime to better living through chemistry at Dow Chemical Co., where he was not only a frequent contributor to professional journals but invented many vital technologies that are in use today. The feat is all the more impressive considering Dr. Dorman’s early life spent in the Deep South just before the civil rights movements of the ’60s. Today, he stands as a proud example of African Americans in the sciences.

Not long after Dr. Dorman’s birth in 1935, his parents decided to send him to the South Carolina State College laboratory school. As schoolteachers, they knew he would receive a better education there as opposed to a segregated public school. Young Dr. Dorman received a first-class introduction to chemistry from a friend who had gotten a chemistry set for Christmas. From this introduction Dr. Dorman fell in love with chemistry. When he attended Wilkinson High School in 1948, he was recognized and encouraged to pursue chemistry. In 1952 he enrolled in Bradley University at Preoria, Illinois. Because his father was a veteran of World War I, Dr. Dorman received a Scholarship to attend and earned a Bachelor of Science in 1956. He further earned a Ph.D. in 1961 from the University of Indiana. Dr. Dorman had been spending his summers as a chemist back in a laboratory at the U.S. Department of Agriculture back in Peoria, racking up invaluable experience that helped him become attracted to Dow Chemical Co. in 1960.

From 1960 to 1994, Dr. Dorman would perform research at Dow, rising through the ranks from a research chemist to senior associate scientist in 1993. Over the years, he has invented and patented over twenty (29 U.S. and 1 Canadian patent and 20 publications) different innovations, including an ivory-like calcium phosphate that matched the properties of real bone. He developed a chemical that removed formaldehyde from air, a new process of controlling the release of herbicides, and developed a method for binding a protein to latex particles for use in a pregnancy test. In addition, he contributed significantly to the solid phase synthesis of peptides.

Dr. Dorman was named 1983 Inventor of the Year by Dow Chemical Central Research. He holds an honorary Doctor of Science from Saginaw Valley State University and is a member of many societies, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society, Sigma Xi, Phi Lambda Upsilon, Pi Kappa Delta, and Omega Psi Phi. Dr. Dorman has been invited as a Lawrence lecturer at Bradley University, and served on the Burgess Award election committee from 1996 to 2000, as well as a chemistry department adviser for Dow Corning Midland Plant from 1995 to 2003. Dr. Dorman was also made a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International, and is the co-recipient of the 1960 Bond Award from the American Oil Society. He received the 2002 Saginaw Valley State University Distinguished Service Medallion with his wife, Phae. He has also devoted his time to civic duty to his home of Midland, supporting organizations like the Midland Foundation, the Midland County Historical Society, and the Midland Center for the Arts.

As a stellar example of an African American scientist, Dr. Dorman is a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Black Executive Exchange Program, and the National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, which presented him with the 1999 Percy L. Julian award. In 2014, he was featured in the HistoryMakers, the nation’s largest African-American video oral history archive located in the Library of Congress. For his lifetime of scientific achievement, he has been selected for inclusion in numerous volumes of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who in the World. He has two children, and spends his well-earned retirement at the United Church of Christ as well as the Rotary Club.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who’s Who community, Dr. Dorman has been featured on the Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievers website. Please visit www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honor.

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