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The late Professor Egon Matijević (the Victor K. LaMer Chair of Colloid and Surface Science at Clarkson University) poses with his book Fine Particles in Medicine and Pharmacy.

Professor Egon Matijevic (the Victor K. LaMer Chair) was Clarkson's oldest and longest serving active, full-time faculty member, with about 55 years of service. He passed away in July at the age of 94.  Matijević received his education at the University of Zagreb, with degrees in Chemical Engineering, followed by a Ph.D. in Chemistry and a Dr. Habil in Colloid Science. He came to Clarkson University in 1956, as a Research Associate with Professor Milton Kerker.  In 1965 he established the Institute of Colloid and Surface Science, the predecessor of CAMP and the first of its kind in the US.

Over the years he received many honors nationally and internationally. He is the only individual to receive all three major awards of the American Chemical Society in his field of colloid chemistry: The Kendall Award (1972), the Langmuir Distinguished Lecturer Award (1985), and the Ralph K. Iler Award (1993). Matijevic was also honored with the Thomas-Graham Award in 1985, the highest prize of the oldest colloid society in the world, Germany’s Kolloid Gesellschaft. In addition, he has received honorary degrees at universities worldwide, including Lehigh University, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, the University of Zagreb, the National University of San Martin, the University of Ljubljana and Clarkson University.

"Egon, the Clarkson Community Remembers Your Legacy and Honors Your Contributions to Science and Our Lives."

Matijević’s research focused on synthesizing minute particles with precise shapes, sizes and composition and the studying of their properties. Through his synthesis techniques, he created particles that met specific requirements, and the effects of his groundbreaking research were far reaching. He also contributed patents and more than 600 outstanding publications.  

Professor Egon Matijević with his wife Bozica

Professor Egon Matijević with his wife Bozica

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