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Irving Shain was a chemistry professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.


Shain, Irving was born on January 2, 1926 in Seattle, Washington, United States. Son of Samuel and Selma (Blockoff) Shain.


Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, University Washington, 1949. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry, University Washington, 1952.


From instructor to professor, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1952-1975; vice chancellor, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1970-1975; chancellor, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1977-1986; provost, vice president academic affairs, U. Washington, Seattle, 1975-1977; vice president, Olin Corporation, Stamford, Connecticut, 1987-1992; retired, Olin Corporation, Stamford, Connecticut, 1992; also board directors, Olin Corporation, Stamford, Connecticut. Member technical advisory board Johnson Controls, Inc., Milwaukee, since 1980. Trustee University Research Park, Inc., Madison, president, 1984-1986, vice president, since 1987.

Member National Commision on Superconductivity, 1989-1990.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles on electroanalytical chemistry to professional journals.


Board directors Madison General Hospital, 1972-1975. Vice president Madison Community Foundation, 1984-1986. Member Chief Executive Officer advisory board Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estates, 2002-2004.

Member board directors Madison Symphony Orchestra, since 2006. With United States Army, 1943-1946, PTO. Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. Member American Chemical Society, Electrochemical Society, Connecticut Academy of Sciences and Engineering, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Chi Sigma (Chemistry Hall of Fame since 2006).


Married Mildred Ruth Udell, August 31, 1947. Children: Kathryn A., Steven T., John R., Paul S.

Samuel Shain

Selma (Blockoff) Shain

Mildred Ruth Udell

Paul S. Shain

John R. Shain

Steven T. Shain

Kathryn A. Shain