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November 2000

William Horwitz Receives Robert Boyle Medal from Royal Society of Chemistry



Dr. William Horwitz

Dr. William Horwitz, current Associate Member and former U.S. National Representative on IUPAC's Commission on General Aspects of Analytical Chemistry (V.I), has received the prestigious Robert Boyle medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry. His medal citation, which appeared in the June 2000 edition of Chemistry in Britain, Vol. 36, No. 6, p. 62, reads as follows:

"Distinguished for his contributions to the quality of analytical measurements and to the statistics of data treatment, including the discovery of the Horwitz function, which relates the reproducibility of such measurements to analyte concentrations".

Bill Horwitz's luminous career as a leading analytical chemist was summarized in the Chemistry in Britain article in the following words:

William Horwitz is the scientific adviser to the Office of Special Research Skills at the Center for Food and Applied Nutrition of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Washington, DC. He received his first degree from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He has spent his entire professional career of over 57 years with the FDA, beginning as a chemist, then as chief chemist of the Minneapolis laboratory. After being transferred to Washington, he directed laboratory investigations on various aspects of analytical food chemistry and advised on the application of analytical chemistry to the regulation of foods and drugs. [Editor's Note: Dr. Horwitz joined the FDA in Minneapolis in 1939 and retired from the FDA in Washington, DC on 30 June 2000.]

He was executive director of the Association of Official Analytical Chemists (now AOAC International) for 28 years and editor of six editions of its Official Methods of Analysis. He is the U.S. delegate to the FAO/ WHO Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling and is a member or adviser to several other Codex committees. He was also chairman of the U S. Technical Advisory Group to the International Standardization Organization (ISO), Technical Committee 34, on Agricultural Food Products. He was an abstractor and section editor of Foods for Chemical Abstracts for over 40 years. He has received several awards from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including their superior and distinguished service awards and the Harvey W. Wiley award of AOAC International. In 1995, AOAC International established the William Horwitz award, of which Dr. Horwitz was the first recipient. He is the author of over 140 papers on various aspects of analytical food and drug chemistry and the reliability of chemical analysis, and he has lectured on these subjects at many universities and to chemical societies from Australia to Israel.

 

 

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