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EDWARD GRAHAM JEFFERSON

1921–2006

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.”


WRITTEN BY CHARLES O. HOLLIDAY JR. SUBMITTED BY THE NAE HOME SECRETARY


EDWARD GRAHAM JEFFERSON, retired chairman and chief executive officer of DuPont, died on February 9, 2006.

Born July 15, 1921, in London, Ed served in the British Royal Artillery during World War II and took part in the Normandy invasion in 1944. While in Normandy, he was involved in operations of the 30th Corps and the 43rd Wessex Division, including Operation Epsom and Operation Goodwood. Later, in Holland, Captain Jefferson participated in Operation Market Garden, during which American and British forces attacked across the Meuse-Escant Canal toward Eindhoven, Nijmegen, and Arnhem. In recognition of his service, Ed was awarded several campaign medals and stars and has the distinction of “Mentioned in Dispatches” by King George VI.

Ed graduated from King’s College, University of London, with first-class honors in chemistry and was awarded the Samuel Smiles Prize for Chemistry. He received a doctoral degree at King’s College. He later became a Fellow of King’s College and served as president and treasurer of Friends of King’s College. He became a citizen of the United States in 1957. He was a member of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a trustee of the Academy of Natural Sciences. In 1986, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.



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