• Professor Emeritus James Winefordner arrived at UF in 1959 and expanded the university’s analytical chemistry, which ranked in the top five in the nation for 30 years.
  • Professor Emeritus Robert Hanrahan also arrived at UF in 1959 and taught for more than four decades, chairing the physical chemistry division from 1977 to 1986.
  • Professor Merle Battiste arrived at UF in 1962 and quickly became a mentor to UF’s organic chemistry students. The Petra Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry was renamed in memory of his mentorship efforts and contributions to the department.