John C. Metzger Jr. Professorship in Chemistry

Established in 2007 through the generosity of John C. Metzger Jr. ‘46, and his wife, Jean, the professorship is awarded to the chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. A native of Norristown, Pa., John Metzger studied at WPI under the U.S. Navy's wartime V-12 program, graduating in 1945 with a B.S. in chemical engineering. He served as a commissioned officer during World War II and then joined E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., where he spent his entire professional career. He was elected a vice president in 1978 and retired in 1986 as group vice president for the Photosystems and Electronic Products Division. Among his significant accomplishments was the launch of Dupont's instruments business, which produced a line of automatic clinical analyzers used in thousands of hospitals and clinics worldwide. A member of the WPI’s Fire Protection Engineering Advisory Board and a longtime trustee, he received the Robert H. Goddard '08 Alumni Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement in 1981 and was a member of the Presidential Founders, a lifetime member of the WPI President's Advisory Council, and charter member of the George I. Alden Society. Metzger died in 2006.

Current Recipient: Arne Gericke 

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