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42nd IUPAC Council Meeting

Nominee for Secretary General

John Corish (Ireland)

Prof. John Corish

Prof. Corish’s research interests are in matter transport in solids, including transdermal drug delivery. He has published more than 150 papers and several patents that resulted in a commercial product sold in 22 countries.

Education and Career
Prof. Corish obtained his B.S. and Ph.D. Degrees at University College Dublin before moving to the University of Western Ontario as a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer. He returned to University College as a college lecturer before being appointed in 1982 to the chair of Physical Chemistry at Trinity College, University of Dublin. He was elected a fellow of the College in 1986.

He is currently head of the Department of Chemistry at Trinity, a post he previously held from 1985 to 1991. In Trinity he has also served as dean of the Faculty of Science, bursar (vice president finance), and as its first dean of research (vice president research). In the latter post he was responsible for the university’s interaction with industry and for its very successful campus company program. He served on the Board of the College for 10 years and has extensive experience in project management having chaired a number of committees including the Business and Industry Committee, the High Performance Computing Development Committee, the Research Committee, and the building committees for two major buildings.

Related Professional Activities
Outside the college, Corish has been a member of the Council of the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland. He was president of the Institute from 1990—92. He has served on the Trades Council and Innovation and Technology Policy Committee of the Irish Business and Employers Confederation, as chair of the Chemical and Allied Products Industrial Training Committee of the Irish Industrial Training Authority, and as a member of the Royal Dublin Society’s Science Committee. He was elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy in 1986, was a member of its Council from 1998—2002, and was Academy vice president in 2000.

IUPAC Involvement
Corish’s service in IUPAC started in 1979. On the Commission on High Temperature and Solid State Chemistry, he has served as secretary (1987—91) and chairman (1991—95). He served as vice president (1995—97) and president (1997—2001) of the Inorganic Chemistry Division. From 1987—93 he was a member of the Interdivisional Committee on Terminology, Nomenclature and Symbols (ICTNS) and from 1999—2001 he was a member of the Evaluation Committee. He is currently acting secretary of the Inorganic Division, chairman of the Subcommittee on Materials Chemistry, and a member of ICTNS. Since 1999 he has been responsible for the IUPAC process for the naming of new elements. He has also served on the Bureau and has been a member of the Irish delegation to several Councils.


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