Kansas City Local Section

2018 Spencer Award Winner Dr. Thomas Stevenson

Dr. Stevenson from FMC is our 2018 Spencer Award Winner. 


PDF of the many pictures of the award dinner and Pre-award dinner: 

The PDF will download.

Spencer Award Dinner_Pictures_2018.pdf 

Pre-Award Dinner 


Picture of the Award Presentation Group 

 Spencer 2018.jpeg

Details of the award are found at the link below in Word format 

A Word Document will download with all the information. 


KCC SEPT 18-1.docx



Please see his Bio below.... 


 Thomas M. Stevenson

B .S Chemistry from Saint Louis University, 1979

Ph.D. University of Illinois - Urbana - Champaign, 1983

Post Doctoral Study at University of Geneva, 1985

Sabbatical Study at the University of Marburg, 1996


 Dr. Stevenson's Bio:

 Thomas M. Stevenson was born on February 4, 1957 in Murphysboro, Illinois.  He was educated in the public-school systems in Muncie, Indiana and Granite City, Illinois.  Stevenson graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in chemistry from Saint Louis University in 1979 where he carried out undergraduate research on the Heck Reaction with Harold A. Dieck funded by a Monsanto Summer Fellowship. He received a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Illinois in 1983, under the supervision of Nelson J. Leonard.  After postdoctoral research at the University of Geneva in Switzerland from 1983 to 1985 with Wolfgang Oppolzer, Stevenson joined DuPont Crop Protection in 1985 as a research chemist, rising in ranks to DuPont Fellow. Upon his retirement in 2017, he joined FMC Agricultural Solutions as a corporate fellow.

As an undergraduate he won the Merck Index Award as outstanding senior chemistry major at St. Louis University.  During his doctoral studies, he held a University of Illinois Graduate Fellowship.  Stevenson’s scientific achievements at DuPont were honored with the DuPont 2010 Pedersen Medal.  Due to his role as a co-inventor of the blockbuster insecticides Rynaxypyr® and Cyazypyr®, he has also received the DuPont Bolton-Carothers Innovative Science Award (twice), the DuPont Sustainable Growth Excellence Award, and the R&D 100 Award, all in 2008 as well as the ACS Award for Team Innovation and the IPO Inventor of the Year in 2010.  In 2013, he was a member of the DuPont team which received the Heroes of Chemistry award for the discovery of Rynaxypyr®.  Most recently he received the Industrial Award from the Philadelphia Organic Chemists Club in 2015 and the ACS Award for Innovation in Chemistry of Agriculture in 2016.  The DuPont Crop Protection Scientific Leadership Award which he received in 1994 allowed him to spend a sabbatical in the labs of Paul Knochel at Phillips-Universität Marburg in Germany during 1996.  

Stevenson holds 67 issued United States Patents.  He also has presented over 120 lectures and posters at scientific meetings and universities as well as been an author on more than 30 papers. He has successfully nominated colleagues and teams as well as university professors for internal and external awards and honors (including DuPont’s first two Agrow Awards).  Since 2000 he also has been active with the American Chemical Society and IUPAC as a symposium and topic organizer for both the Organic and AGRO divisions.  

He is married to Ursula and is the father of two daughters.  Natalie is a graduate of the University of Delaware with degrees in Environmental Science and Biology. Nicole is a graduate of Bridgewater College in Virginia and with degrees in French and International Studies.