Elected in 1999
“For contributions to the research and development of automotive catalysts.”
BY DERRICK M. KUZAK
HAREN S. GANDHI, Henry Ford Technical Fellow at the Ford Motor Company and one of the world’s foremost authorities in the area of automotive emissions control, died on January 23, 2010, at the age of 68.
Dr. Gandhi was born on May 2, 1941, in Calcutta, India. He received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Bombay and a master’s of science and doctorate degrees from the University of Detroit. He joined the Ford Motor Company as a research engineer in 1967 and went on to achieve the rank of Henry Ford Technical Fellow, the highest level that a scientist or engineer can achieve within the company, a position he held for 16 years.
Dr. Gandhi was the author of 70 technical publications and earned 53 U.S. patents, with many more patents awarded in other countries. His research involved seminal contributions in the areas of three-way automotive catalysis, including landmark papers on oxygen storage, catalyst poisoning by fuel and oil components (lead, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, sulfur), and optimized precious metal utilization. Under his direction, Ford was the first company to employ nonplatinum and nonrhodium three-way catalyst technology in the