Title: Chemist & Director
Company: THO Services
Location: Madison, New Jersey, United States
Robert MacFarlane Jr., Chemist and Director at THO Services, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in quality assurance and standardization.
An esteemed figure in his fields of interest, Dr. MacFarlane has accrued more than 60 years of professional excellence, beginning his career as a senior research chemist with Uniroyal, Inc., from 1955 to 1965. Climbing the ranks of success, he subsequently worked as a senior research chemist with ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company from 1965 to 1974, as a group leader of engineering plastics research and development with AlliedSignal Corporation from 1974 to 1978, as manager of quality assurance with AlliedSignal Corporation from 1978 to 1992, and as manager of technical communications of AlliedSignal Corporation in 1993. Currently the director and sole proprietor of THO Services since 1993, Dr. MacFarlane has established himself as a lauded figure in his industry.
In preparation for his illustrious career, Dr. MacFarlane sought formal education, obtaining a Bachelor of Science, cum laude, from Brown University in 1952. He subsequently earned a Doctor of Philosophy from Yale University in 1956.
Alongside his professional endeavors, Dr. MacFarlane has served as chair of the subcommittee on thermoplastics with ASTM International since 1986. In addition, he has maintained affiliation with several industry-related organizations, including the Society of Rheology, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the American Chemical Society. Additionally, he has acted as a fellow of ASTM International 1993, he was the director of the Palisades-New Jersey Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and he is a member of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society.
A holder of several patents in the field, Dr. MacFarlane has contributed as an author and coauthor of numerous articles in professional journals, including as author of “Automotive Standards for Plastics – How Does Committee D-20 on Plastics Discover What’s Needed?” in Standardization News in 1991, as well as coauthor of “Colloidal Skeleton Polymers” in the Journal of Polymer Science Part C in 1966, “Polyelectrolytes. XII. Conductance of partially quaternized poly-4-vinyl pyridine in methanol -4-butanone mixtures” in the Journal of Polymer Science in 1957, and “Crosslinking of Polymers by Peroxides in Dioxane” in the Journal of the American Chemical Society in 1955.
Dr. MacFarlane has been honored with numerous accolades throughout his career in recognition of his contributions. In 2013, he won the Committee D-20 on Plastics Outstanding Achievement Award from ASTM, as well as the Technical Committee 61 Outstanding Service Award in 2005. Furthermore, he was presented with the Committee D-20 on Plastics Award of Excellence, Award of Merit, and Committee D-20 on Plastics Award of Recognition from ASTM.
Attributing his success to persistence and patience, Dr. MacFarlane has been listed as an inductee into the 17th edition of Who’s Who in the World. The proud father of five children and five grandchildren, he enjoys photography and traveling in his spare time.
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