Slideshow: Chemistry Visionaries You Should Know

June 12, 2023
People who have transformed the science of chemistry and the chemical industry as we know it.

From Louis Pasteur to Trevor Kletz, the chemical industry continues to innovate and transform using the teachings of such visionaries, intellectuals and scientists. While this list is by no means comprehensive, it is a sampling of some key names chemical industry professionals should know. Their contributions have an ongoing impact on this industry's ability to innovate and evolve. 

Images and biographical information are courtesy of the following sources:


Science History Institute and Museum & Library

National Inventors Hall of Fame


U.S. Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board

Library of Congress


The Guardian

The National Portrait Gallery (U.K.)

About the Author

Jonathan Katz | Executive Editor

Jonathan Katz, executive editor, brings nearly two decades of experience as a B2B journalist to Chemical Processing magazine. He has expertise on a wide range of industrial topics. Jon previously served as the managing editor for IndustryWeek magazine and, most recently, as a freelance writer specializing in content marketing for the manufacturing sector.

His knowledge areas include industrial safety, environmental compliance/sustainability, lean manufacturing/continuous improvement, Industry 4.0/automation and many other topics of interest to the Chemical Processing audience.

When he’s not working, Jon enjoys fishing, hiking and music, including a small but growing vinyl collection.

Jon resides in the Cleveland, Ohio, area.