At 85, UOP chemist honored by President Obama

  • President Barack Obama and Edith M. Flanigen

    President Barack Obama and Edith M. Flanigen

  • Edith M. Flanigen

    Edith M. Flanigen

  • Dani McDonald

    Dani McDonald

  • Steve Serdar

    Steve Serdar

Updated 11/26/2014 2:01 PM

Edith M. Flanigen, a consultant and retired award-winning chemist with UOP LLC in Des Plaines, was getting ready for a major reception at the Ritz Carlton in Washington, D.C., last week and looked forward to joining three tables filled with her relatives.

It wasn't a birthday celebration for the 85 year old. It was a reception for those who received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation Award. During her 42-year career, she invented more than 200 different synthetic materials and earned 109 patents. See more on Page 3.


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