The Power List 2020 – North America
Kenan Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus, Department of Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA (retired)
Reason for pursuing analytical science: I started college with the intention of being a biologist and then a biochemist. But exposure to the capabilities and possibilities of instrumentation for chemical analysis grabbed my imagination. It has been a stimulating and rewarding pursuit.
Greatest inspiration: Michael Faraday. He was self-educated and yet a pivotal figure in the development of both physics and chemistry.
Advice to younger self: Be more patient!
Nominator comment: His research on capillary zone electrophoresis and UHPLC has revolutionized separations, enabling modern DNA sequencing and proteomic technologies.