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Dr. Edward G. Jefferson was a British-born American chemical engineer, chemist, businessman, CEO and Chairman of DuPont corporation.


Jefferson, Edward Graham was born on July 15, 1921 in London. Came to United States, 1951, naturalized, 1957. Son of Edward Hemmings and Margaret Agatha (Graham) Jefferson.


He later graduated with honors in chemistry from King's College at the University of London, where he also received a doctorate.


With E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, Wilmington, Delaware, from 1951, assistant director Research and Development division, 1964-1966, director Fluorocarbons division, 1966-1969, assistant general manager plastics department, 1969-1970, assistant general manager explosives department, 1970-1972, assistant general manager polymer intermediates department, 1972, vice president, general manager film department, 1972-1973, senior vice president, director, 1973-1979, member executive committee, 1973-1986, president, chief operating officer, 1980-1981, chairman, Chief Executive Officer, 1981-1986, chairman finance committee. Director American Telephone & Telegraph Company, Chemical New York Corporation/Chemical Bank., Seagram Company Ltd.


  • Jefferson was a member of the American Philosophical Society, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a trustee of the Academy of Natural Sciences, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering (elected in 1986 “for outstanding research leadership and exceptional contributions to university-industry cooperation in science and engineering, and for creative direction of one of the world’s largest industrial organizations”).


Member Business Committee for Arts. Board directors National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, 1980-1983. Vice-chairman board trustees University Delaware, University Pennsylvania, 1984-1986.

Trustee United States Council International Business, Tuskegee University, 1982-1987, Academy Natural Science. Member Business Committee for Arts, Business Council. Member visiting committee Medical School and School Dental Medicine Harvard University.

Board governors Joseph H. Lauder Institute Management and International Studies, University Pennsylvania, 1983-1986. Member President's Export Council, 1985-1987. Chairman advisory board School International and Public Affairs Columbia University, New York City, board tustees Winterthur Museum and Gardens.

Served to captain British Army, 1942-1947. Fellow King's College, University London. Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, Business Roundtable (policy committee), American Chemical Society, American Institute Chemical Engineers, Society Chemical Industry (American section), Conference Board (vice chairman), Directors of Industrial Research.


Married Naomi Nale Love, June 27, 1953. Children: Edward Graham, Charles David, Peter Love (deceased), Andrew McKinley.

Edward Hemmings Jefferson

Margaret Agatha (Graham) Jefferson

Naomi Nale Love

Edward Graham Jefferson

Charles David Jefferson

Peter Love Jefferson (deceased)

Andrew McKinley Jefferson