Hugh Stott Taylor
1933 Mendel Medal Recipient



Professor Hugh Stott Taylor is the David B. Jones Professor of Chemistry in Princeton University. He is English by birth and was educated at the University of Liverpool, where he was graduated with the degree of B.Sc. in 1909, and with the M.Sc. in 1910. After three years of graduate work in Liverpool, Professor Taylor spent one year of post-graduate study at the Nobel Institute, Stockholm, under the renowned chemist, Professor Svante Arrhenius. A further year of study was spent in the Laboratory of the Technische Hocheschule at Hanover with Professor Max Bodenstein. Upon completion of these studies, the University of Liverpool granted him the degree of Doctor of Science in 1914.

Doctor Taylor was called to Princeton early in 1914 as Instructor in Physical Chemistry, and was made Assistant Professor in 1915. He was appointed Professor of Physical Chemistry in 1922. Professor Taylor was made Chairman of the Chemistry Department at Princeton in 1926, and David B. Jones Professor of Chemistry in 1927.

Professor Taylor is Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society of which Society he was the Nichols Medalist in 1928; Vice-President of the American Electrochemical Society; a member of the American Philosophical Society; the Faraday Society; the American Association for the Advancement of Science; German Bunsen-Gesellschaft. He is Chairman of the Committee of Photochemistry of the National Research Council; a member of the Committee on Contact Catalysis, and author of two of its annual reports. During the last five years he has been Chairman of the Central Petroleum Committee of the National Research Council, and is now associated with the Research Fellowship Board of the Textile Foundation. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in May, 1932.

Professor Taylor is the author of numerous texts and researches. With Dr. E.K. Rideal, he has compiled a text on "Catalysis in Theory and Practice." He has edited a "Treatise on Physical Chemistry," now in its second edition. Some one hundred papers, dealing especially with catalysis and the mechanism of chemical reaction, alone and in collaboration with students, have been contributed to various American and European scientific journals.

Mendel Medal Presentation Program, May 4, 1933. Villanova College. Villanova, Pennsylvania.





Taylor, Hugh Stott, educator; born St. Helens, Lancashire, England, February 6, 1890; son of James and Ellen (Stott) Taylor; B.Sc., Liverpool (England) University, 1909, M.Sc., 1910, D.Sc. 1914; student Nobel Institute, Stockholm, 1912-1913, Technische Hochschule, Hanover, Germany, 1913-1914; married Elkizabeth Agnes Sawyer, June 12, 1919 (deceased July 1958); children- Joan (Mrs. Taylor Ashley), E. Sylvia (Mrs. M.F. Healy). Came to U.S., 1914. Professor of chemistry at Princeton, 1922-1958, chairman chemistry department, 1926-1951, dean Graduate School 1945-1958, now emeritus. President emeritus Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation With British Munitions Inventions Department, 1917-1919. Franklin medalist American Philos. Society, 1941; recipient Nichols medal. American Chem. Society, 1928; Mendel Medal Villanova College, 1933; commander Order of Leopold II, 1937; recipient Research Corp. plague, 1939; Longstaff medal Chem. Society (London) 1942; 1st Priestly medallion Dickinson College, 1952; knight commander Order of the British Empire, 1953; knight commander Order of St. Gregory the Great, 1953; Franklin medal Franklin Institute, 1957; William Procter prize for Scientific Research Society of America, 1964. Fellow Royal Society (London), Pontifical Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences; hon. member Society Chem. de Belgium, Chem Society England, Polish Chem. Soceity, Union d. Ingenieurs d. Louvain, Academy d. Science (Lyon); fgn. member Academy Nazional dei Lincei (Rome), Academy d. Scienze d. Institute Bologna, Belgian Academy of Science; member American Pilos. Society, Faraday Society (president 1952-1953), Sigma Xi (national president 1951-1953), Pax Romana (president 1952-1955), several other professional and scientific associations. Roman Catholic. Clubs: Nassau (Princeton); Century, Chemists, Princeton (N.Y.C.). Author, co-author and contributor to numerous scientific books, after 1919. Home: Princeton New Jersey. Died April 17, 1974; interred, Princeton.

Who Was Who in America. Volume VI, 1974-1976. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1976, p.403.