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17. August 2007

D´Ianni, former Rubber Division chairman and Goodyear Medalist dies at 93

AKRON - James D. D´Ianni, 93, retired Goodyear director of research who did pioneering work in synthetic rubber and won the ACS Rubber Division´s Charles Goodyear Medal in 1977, died Aug. 14 in Akron.

D´Ianni´s work as a chemist included developing a high-styrene copolymer with butadiene. He served as chairman of the Rubber Division and has been the only member of the division to be president of the parent American Chemical Society. In that post he also was the first ACS president to travel to China. He spent his entire career at Goodyear after graduating from the University of Akron in 1934. In 1946 he took a leave of absence from Goodyear to become chief of the polymer research branch of the Office of Rubber Reserve, the government organization that developed styrene-butadiene rubber and sparked the creation of the SR industry. D´Ianni was the holder or co-holder of 17 patents.

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