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Karl August Folkers, American chemistry professor.


Folkers, Karl August was born on September 1, 1906 in Decatur, Illinois, United States.


Bachelor of Science with honors, University Illinois, 1928. Doctor of Philosophy in Organic Chemistry, University Wisconsin, 1931. Doctor of Science (honorary), Philadelphia College Pharmacy and Science, 1962.

Doctor of Science (honorary), University Wisconsin, 1969. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Illinois, 1973. Doctor of Pharmacy (honorary), University Uppsala, Sweden, 1969.

Degree in medicine and surgery (honorary), University Bologna, Italy, 1989. Doctor of Medicine (honorary), University Bologna, Italy, 1990.


Squibb & Lilly postdoctoral research fellow, Yale University, 1931-1934; researcher, Merck & Company Inc., 1934-1938; assistant director research, Merck & Company Inc., 1938-1945; director organic and biological chemistry research division, Merck & Company Inc., 1953-1956; executive director fundamental research, Merck & Company Inc., 1956-1962; vice president exploration research, Merck & Company Inc., 1962-1963; president, chief Executive officer, Stanford Research Institute, 1963-1968; professor of chemistry, director Institute biomedical Research, University Texas, Austin, since 1968; Ashbel Smith professor, University Texas, Austin, since 1973; president, Karl Folkers Foundation for biomedical and Clinical Research, 1990-1995. Member division 9, National Defense Research Committee, 1943-1946. Baker nonresident lecturer Cornell Univercity, 1953.

Lecturer medical faculty Lund, Stockholm Uppsala, Gothenburg universities, Sweden, 1954. Chairman conference on vitamins and metabolismGordon Research Confs., 1956, trustee, 1971. Strumer lecturer, 1957.

Member science advising committee Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers University, 1957-1960. Chairman advisory council department chemistry Princeton University, 1958-1964. Regent's lecturer University of California at Los Angeles, 1960.

Guest lecturer American-Swiss Foundation Science Exchange, 1961. Robert A. Welch Foundation lecturer, 1963. Courtesy professor Stanford University, since 1963, University of California-Berkeley, since 1963.

Marchon visiting lecturer U. Newcastle, 1964. F.F. Nord lecturer Fordham University, 1971. Member review committee United States Pharmacopoeia.

Chairman National Academy Science, 1975. Member international advisory board 4th Intersci. World Conference on Inflammation, Geneva, 1991.

Numerous invited lecture posts, since 1953.


  • In recognition for his scientific contributions, he received the Perkin Medal in 1960, the Priestley Medal in 1986, and the National Medal of Science in 1990.


  • Other Work

    • Board editors International Journal Vitamin Research, 1968, Research Communications in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Pathology, 1969.


Fellow: American Institute Nutrition. Member: International Society Metabolic Therapy (board directors 1988), American Chemical Society (chairman North Jersey section, chairman division organic chemistry, president 1962, Harrison-Howe award and lecturer 1949, Spencer award Kansas City section 1959, Nichols medal New York section 1967, Priestley medal 1986), American Institute Chemists, American Society Biological Chemistry, Society Italiana di Scienze Pharmaceutiche (honorary), National Academy of Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Royal Swedish Academy Engineering Sciences (foreign), Phi Lambda Epsilon (honorary).


Married, 1932; 2 children.

August W. Folkers

Laura Black Folkers

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