Title: Chemicals Executive
Location: Chesterfield, Missouri, United States
Will Carpenter, Chemicals Executive, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in chemicals.
A leader in the field of chemicals, Dr. Carpenter worked in the research field and his experiences have cultivated advancements and better understanding in the field. He began his career in the industry as a research biochemist for Monsanto Co. from 1958 to 1960, and he worked throughout the 1960s as an agricultural research chemist and as a manager of market development. From 1971 to 1977, he served as the Director of Product Development for Monsanto Agricultural Products Co. Following this, Dr. Carpenter became the Director of the Environmental Operations department at the company until 1980, and then became the Director of Environmental Management/Environmental Policy Staff from 1984 to 1988. He then served as a General Manager of Technology, and as the Vice President and General Manager of New Products. In 1992, his extensive experience and industry knowledge led to being named chair of the board of directors of Agridyne Technologies Inc. From 2001 to 2004, Dr. Carpenter served on the advisory board of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
Dr. Carpenter began his career path by first earning a Bachelor of Science in agronomy from Mississippi State University in 1952. Upon graduating, he served as a Captain in the 7th Infantry Division of the US Army during the Korean War, completing his service in 1954. Returning to his education, Dr. Carpenter earned a Master of Science in plant biological chemistry from Purdue University in 1956, continuing with the institution to receive a PhD in pl.ant physiology in 1958. In 1999, the university recognized him with an honorary PhD and an honorary DSc. Dr. Carpenter also received an honorary DSc from Mississippi State University in 2005.
While at Monsanto, Dr. Carpenter was instrumental in the commercialization of the herbicides Lasso and Roundup, heading the teams that tested the products worldwide, both of which revolutionized modern agriculture.
From 1978 through 2003, Dr. Carpenter became deeply involved in the efforts to obtain worldwide chemical weapons treaty. He was the primary representative for the American Chemical Manufacturers Association during those successful negotiations that led to the signing and ratification of the Chemical Weapons Convention, and ultimately resulted in the formation of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
In 1992, Dr. Carpenter was awarded The AAAS Hilliard Roderick Prize for Excellence in Science, Arms Control, and International Security for his participation on the Chemical Weapons Convention.
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