Richland Section History
The Richland Section of the American Chemical Society, ACS, located in Richland, WA, was founded in 1948. This page contains links to historical information regarding the section.
The section celebrated its 60th anniversay on November 8, 2008. See the
Symposium Page for the speakers and the topics they discussed.
Historical list of Officers
Facts concerning the Richland Section
- Geographically, the Section covers southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon. It is primarily an agricultural area, with a few universities and specialty chemical companies sprinkled in. The primary employers for chemists and other scientists are the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), and other government contractors providing services for DOE's Hanford Site.
- The Section was formed in 1948, as production of plutonium at the Hanford Site entered the post-war era. One of the individuals responsible for organizing the Section was Robert Moore. Quoting from Moore’s autobiography, As I Knew Him, "There was a club for almost any hobby or activity… There was one group though that was missing, a local chapter of the American Chemical Society. I had joined the ACS while a student at the University of Texas, … and was shocked that there wasn’t a local section in Richland, particularly considering the large number of chemists and chemical engineers on site." Moore organized the chemists, filed the paperwork, and in 1948 the Richland Section was born. The members promptly elected Moore as the Section’s first Chairman.
- The Richland Section is named for one of the major towns in the area, Richland, Washington. The mayor of Richland has signed a proclamation declaring November in honor of the Section's anniversary.
- The Richland ACS Section is quite active for its size. It was named a finalist for seven ChemLuminary awards, presented at the Fall 2008 National ACS Meeting in Philadelphia. The Section received three of those.
Prior year Annual Reports