2016 AGRO Award for Innovation in Chemistry of Agriculture

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TomStevensonDr. Thomas M. Stevenson was born Murphysboro, Illinois. He was educated in the public school systems in Muncie, Indiana and Granite City, Illinois. Dr. Stevenson graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in chemistry from Saint Louis University in 1979 where he carried out undergraduate research on the Heck Reaction with Harold A. Dieck funded by a Monsanto Summer Fellowship. He received a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Illinois in 1983, under the supervision of Nelson J. Leonard. After postdoctoral research at the University of Geneva in Switzerland from 1983 to 1985 with Wolfgang Oppolzer, Dr. Stevenson joined DuPont Crop Protection as a research chemist, rising in ranks to his current position as DuPont Fellow.

As an undergraduate, he won the Merck Index Award as outstanding senior chemistry major at St. Louis University. During his doctoral studies he held a University of Illinois Graduate Fellowship. Dr. Stevenson’s scientific achievements at DuPont were honored with the DuPont 2010 Pedersen Medal. As a co-inventor of the blockbuster insecticides Rynaxypyr® and Cyazypyr®, he has also received the DuPont Bolton-Carothers Innovative Science Award (twice), the DuPont Sustainable Growth Excellence Award, and the R&D 100 Award, all in 2008. In 2010 he was the receipient the ACS Award for Team Innovation and the IPO Inventor of the Year. He was a member of the DuPont team which received the Heroes of Chemistry award in 2013 for the discovery of Rynaxypyr®. Most recently, he received the Industrial Award from the Philadelphia Organic Chemists Club in 2015. In addition, the DuPont Crop Protection Scientific Leadership Award which he received in 1994 allowed him to spend a sabbatical in the labs of Paul Knochel at Phillips-Universität Marburg in Germany during 1996.

Dr. Stevenson holds 65 issued United States Patents. He also has presented over 100 lectures and posters at scientific meetings and universities as well as been an author on more than 30 papers. He has successfully nominated colleagues and teams as well as university professors for internal and external awards and honors (including DuPont’s first two Agrow Awards). Since 2000 he also has been active in the American Chemical Society and IUPAC as a symposium and topic organizer for both the Organic and AGRO Divisions.

He is married and is the father of two daughters. Natalie is a graduate of the University of Delaware with degrees in Environmental Science and Biology. Nicole is a graduate of Bridgewater College in Virginia and with degrees in French and International Studies.