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James Jorgenson

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.


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