History of ECS

The Electrochemical Society has a birthplace of historic distinction – Philadelphia, PA.

At the very beginning, 1902, ECS was called the American Electrochemical Society, but, it was, even then, a melting pot of scientific and technological disciplines, and of their adherents, who participated from around the globe.

The 19th century saw many applications of electricity to chemical processes and chemical understanding. Bridging the gap between electrical engineering and chemistry led innovative young people in industrial and academic circles to search for a new forum to discuss developments in the burgeoning field of electrochemistry.

The charter members included a number of distinguished chemists and electrochemists, among them:

  • E. G. Acheson, who commercialized carborundum, an artificial graphite;
  • H. H. Dow, the founder of Dow Chemical Company;
  • C. M. Hall, the inventor of the Hall process for the manufacture of aluminum;
  • Edward Weston, the founder of Weston Instruments.

In 1903, Thomas A. Edison joined the Society and enjoyed membership for 28 years. Learn more about the first 100 years of ECS.

Over time, the Society’s members and publication’s authors (here’s a history of ECS publications) have included many other distinguished scientists and engineers, including several Nobel laureates including:

  • Isamu Akasaki, member since 1985 2014 Nobel Prize Physics
  • Rudolph A. Marcus, Past Member 1992 Nobel Prize Chemistry
  • Hiroshi Amano, 2014 Nobel Prize Physics
  • Shuji Nakamura, 2014 Nobel Prize Physics
  • Richard Smalley, 1996 Nobel Prize Chemistry
  • Jack Kilby, 2000 Nobel Prize Physics
Past Secretaries

 

1902-1947

C. Hering
(1902)
C. J. Reed
(1902 – 1904)
S. S. Sadtler
(1904 – 1907)
J. W. Richards
(1907 – 1921)
C. G. Fink
(1921 – 1947)

1947-1974

R. M. Burns
(1947 – 1949)
H. B. Linford
(1949 – 1959)
I. E. Campbell
(1959 – 1965)
R. F. Bechtold
(1965 – 1968)
D. R. Turner
(1968 – 1974)

1974-1996

P. C. Milner
(1974 – 1980)
F. A. Trumbore
(1980 – 1984)
J. A. Amick
(1984 – 1988)
E. W. Brooman
(1988 – 1992)
J. McBreen
(1992 – 1996)

1996-present

R. Susko
(1996 – 2000)
P. Natishan
(2000 – 2004)
P. Vanýsek
(2004 – 2008)
J. Leddy
(2008 – 2012)


Past Treasurers

 

1902-1955

P. G. Salom
(1902 – 1920)
F. A. Lidbury
(1920 – 1924)
A. Smith
(1924 – 1931)
R. M. Burns
(1931 – 1943)
W. W. Winship
(1943 – 1949)
E. G. Widell
(1949 – 1955)

1955-1982

L. I. Gilbertson
(1955 – 1961)
E. G. Enck
(1961 – 1964)
R. H. Schaefer
(1964 – 1967)
R. H. Cherry
(1967 – 1973)
F. J. Strieter
(1973 – 1976)
J. L. Griffin
(1976 – 1982)

1982-2002

J. Kruger
(1982 – 1986)
R. P. Frankenthal
(1986 – 1990)
R. E. White
(1990 – 1994)
W. M. Bullis
(1994 – 1997)
Y.H. Wong
(1997 – 1998)
W. D. Brown
(1998 – 2002)

2002-present

P. Fedkiw
(2002 – 2006)
J. Susko
(2006 – 2010)
C. Bock
(2010 – 2014)
E. Jennings Taylor
(2014 – 2018)


Past Presidents

 

1902-1931

J. W. Richards
(1902-1904)
H. S. Carhart
(1904 – 1905)
W. D. Bancroft
(1905 – 1906)
C. Hering
(1906 – 1907)
C. F. Burgess
(1907 – 1908)
E. G. Acheson
(1908 – 1909)
L. H. Baekeland
(1909 – 1910)
W. H. Walker
(1910 – 1911)
W. R. Whitney
(1911 – 1912)
W. L. Miller
(1912 – 1913)
E. F. Roeber
(1913 – 1914)
F. A. Lidbury
(1914 – 1915)
L. Addicks
(1915 – 1916)
F. A. J. FitzGerald
(1916 – 1917)
C. G. Fink
(1917 – 1918)
F. J. Tone
(1918 – 1919)
W. D. Bancroft
(1919 – 1920)
W. S. Landis
(1920 – 1921)
A. Smith
(1921 – 1922)
C. G. Schluederberg
(1922 – 1923)
A. T. Hinckley
(1923 – 1924)
H. C. Parmelee
(1924 – 1925)
F. M. Becket
(1925 – 1926)
W. Blum
(1926 – 1927)
S. C. Lind
(1927 – 1928)
P. J. Kruesi
(1928 – 1929)
F. C. Frary
(1929 – 1930)
L. Kahlenberg
(1930 – 1931)

1931-1959

D. B. Stoughton
(1931 – 1932)
R. A. Witherspoon
(1932 – 1933)
J. Johnston
(1933 – 1934)
H. S. Lukens
(1934 – 1935)
J. H. Critchett
(1935 – 1936)
D. A. MacInnes
(1936 – 1937)
W. G. Harvey
(1937 – 1938)
R. L. Baldwin
(1938 – 1939)
H. J. Creighton
(1939 – 1940)
F. C. Mathers
(1940 – 1941)
R. R. Ridgway
(1941 – 1942)
E. M. Baker
(1942 – 1943)
R. M. Burns
(1943 – 1944)
S. D. Kirkpatrick
(1944 – 1945)
W. R. Veazey
(1945 – 1946)
W. C. Moore
(1946 – 1947)
G. W. Heise
(1947 – 1948)
J. A. Lee
(1948 – 1949)
A. L. Ferguson
(1949 – 1950)
C. L. Faust
(1950 – 1951)
R. M. Hunter
(1951 – 1952)
J. C. Warner
(1952 – 1953)
R. J. McKay
(1953 – 1954)
M. J. Udy
(1954 – 1955)
H. H. Uhlig
(1955 – 1956)
H. Thurnauer
(1956 – 1957)
N. Hackerman
(1957 – 1958)
S. Swann
(1958 – 1959)

1959-1987

W. C. Gardiner
(1959 – 1960)
R. A. Schaefer
(1960 – 1961)
H. B. Linford
(1961 – 1962)
F. L. LaQue
(1962 – 1963)
W. J. Hamer
(1963 – 1964)
L. I. Gilbertson
(1964 – 1965)
E. B. Yeager
(1965 – 1966)
H. J. Read
(1966 – 1967)
H. C. Gatos
(1967 – 1968)
I. E. Campbell
(1968 – 1969)
N. C. Cahoon
(1969 – 1970)
C. W. Tobias
(1970 – 1971)
C. V. King
(1971 – 1972)
T. D. McKinley
(1972 – 1973)
N. B. Hannay
(1973 – 1974)
D. A. Vermilyea
(1974 – 1975)
T. R. Beck
(1975 – 1976)
M. J. Pryor
(1976 – 1977)
D. N. Bennion
(1977 – 1978)
D. R. Turner
(1978 – 1979)
J. B. Berkowitz
(1979 – 1980)
E. M. Pell
(1980 – 1981)
R. J. Brodd
(1981 – 1982)
F. J. Strieter
(1982 – 1983)
J. B. Wagner, Jr
(1983 – 1984)
P. C. Milner
(1984 – 1985)
R. C. Alkire
(1985 – 1986)
R. E. Enstrom
(1986 – 1987)

1987-present

F. G. Will
(1987 – 1988)
B. E. Deal
(1988 – 1989)
E. J. Cairns
(1989 – 1990)
J. M. Woodall
(1990 – 1991)
L. R. Faulkner
(1991 – 1992)
W. L. Worrell
(1992 – 1993)
R. P. Frankenthal
(1993 – 1994)
J. A. Amick
(1994 – 1995)
K. R. Bullock
(1995 – 1996)
D. W. Hess
(1996 – 1997)
B. Miller
(1997 – 1998)
G. M. Blom
(1998 – 1999)
D. E. Hall
(1999 – 2000)
C. M. Osburn
(2000 – 2001)
J. B. Talbot
(2001 – 2002)
K. E. Spear
(2002 – 2003)
B. Scrosati
(2003 – 2004)
R. Susko
(2004 – 2005)
W. H. Smyrl
(2005 – 2006)
M. Allendorf
(2006 – 2007)
B. MacDougall
(2007 – 2008)
D. N. Buckley
(2008 – 2009)
P. M. Natishan
(2009 – 2010)
W. D. Brown
(2010 – 2011)
E. S. Takeuchi
(2011 – 2012)
F. Garzon
(2012 – 2013)
T. Osaka
(2013 – 2014)
P. A. Kohl
(2014 – 2015)