Session 1900, Room 114, 2:00 p.m.
The Coblentz Society will honor the achievements of John Coates with the 2013 Williams-Wright Award. The Award is presented annually at Pittcon to an industrial spectrocopist who has made significant contributions to vibrational spectroscopy while working in the industry.
Coates was born and educated in the United Kingdom. He received his PhD from Brunel University (Uxbridge, Middlesex, UK). In 1964 he started his career as an analytical chemist working at the Castrol Oil Research Center (Bracknell, England). He moved on to work in the instrumentation business in 1974, initially with Perkin-Elmer (UK), and moving on to Perkin-Elmer Corporation in the USA in 1978. From 1984, Coates held positions at Spectra-Tech (Oak Ridge, Tennessee), Nicolet Instruments (Cherry Hill, New Jersey), and eventually returned to PerkinElmer’s Real-Time Systems Division, a joint venture with Dow Chemical. In 1996 he formed Coates Consulting LLC (Newtown, Connecticut), a business focused on instrumentation and sensor development.