Marye Anne Fox became an Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University
of Texas at Austin in 1976. From 1976 to 1978 she acted as a consultant,
again in air pollution analysis, for the Texas Air Control Board. Her
work in Austin was championed early on by Dr. M. J. S. Dewar, who
held the first Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, and Dr.
Alan J. Bard, who held the Hackerman-Welch Regents Chair in Chemistry
at UT Austin.
was promoted to Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of
Texas at Austin in 1981. The following year, she served as a U.S. Delegate -
Observer to the International Union of Pure
and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) General Assembly, Leuven, Belgium; Electrochemistry,
Physical Organic Chemistry, Photochemistry. The IUPAC serves to advance
the worldwide aspects of the chemical sciences and to contribute to the application
of chemistry in the service of Mankind. Fox continues to serve as a consultant
in these years, working notably for the Polaroid Corporation in organic dyestuffs
1984 was a pivotal year for Marye Anne Fox. She traveled to India as a senior scientist with the U.S. - India Exchange Program. She served as a delegate with the U.S. - Japan Program of Cooperation in Photoconversion and Photosynthesis. She was an organizer of a symposium on Organic Photoreactions in Nonhomogeneous Media, for the Organic Division of the American Chemical Society and the Inter-american Photochemical Society. She began a term on the Executive Committee of the Organic Division, American Chemical Society, and one on the Advisory Board for the Committee on Recommendations for US Army Basic Research.
Then in December of 1984, Esquire Magazine cited her as one of "The Best of the New Generation - Men and Women Under Forty Who are Changing America." The national magazine noted her pioneering work in the field of organic photoelectric chemistry. Her research in photo-induced electron transfer, which examines how light energy behaves in molecules, has uses in solar energy study and environmental chemistry. The magazine observed that Fox "may well have laid the groundwork for the solar powered car." Quoted in 1984 in her hometown paper the Canton Repository, Fox stated that such an event was "unlikely to (occur) until the year 2000," and remarked that "what we're trying to do is devise ways that solar energy can be stored in chemicals, then at some later time be released. . . It's basic research. Even if the chemistry came to be understood, you would need delivery systems and an association of systems for manufacturing the materials needed."
In 1986 Fox began to serve a five-year term as Director of the Center for Fast Kinetics Research, and was named Rowland Pettit Centennial Professor at the University of Texas that same year. She was also the Vice Chairman of the Gordon Research Conference at Plymouth State College.
Fox's mother is perhaps most proud of her daughter's induction, in 1987, into the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges' Hall of Excellence. The Foundation, which provides scholarships to Ohio students entering and independent college, inducts alumni who have distinguished themselves in their fields. Fox shared the honor with Senator John Glenn and Rear Admiral Benjamin T. Hacker, among others.
On June 5, 1988, Marye Anne Fox was awarded the prestigious Garvan Medal by the American Chemical Society. The medal is presented each year to "recognize distinguished service to chemistry by women who are citizens of the United States," and recognized Fox for "her very original and significant contributions to organic photochemistry and electrochemistry, in particular photocatalysis of organic reactions by wideband semiconductors, chemically modified photoelectrodes, and the photochemistry of organic anions."
On December 27, 1988 Fox, along with E. Smotkin and A.J. Bard, was issued a patent for "A Multielectrode Photoelectrochemical Cell for Unassisted Photocatalysis and Photosynthesis." [U.S. Patent 4,793,910]
1989, Marye Anne Fox was one of nine chemists to receive the Arthur C. Cope
Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society. The award carried
an unrestricted research grant of $15,000. Fox was also a Visiting Scholar
at Harvard University.
In 1992, Marye Anne Fox traveled to Paris as a Professeur Inviteé at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie. She served on the US Committee of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) Conference on Physical Organic Chemistry; she began a two-year term on the Subcommittee on Federal Funding for Chemistry and a three-year term on the Committee on Science, both for the American Chemical Society. She began to serve on the Governors' Executive Board for the Texas Science and Mathematics Renaissance Centers. She began on ongoing term of service on the Commission on the Future of the National Science Foundation, and was named an Outstanding Alumna by her alma matter, Notre Dame College of Ohio.
In 1993, Marye Anne Fox traveled to Taipei, Taiwan as a Visiting Professor
in the Chemistry Research
Promotion Center of the National Science Council. She served as a Scientific
Reviewer for the National Center for Science Education, and was on the Steering
Committee on High School Science Education for the Commission on Physical
Sciences, Mathematics, and Resources at the National Research Council. She
was also named a Fellow
of the American Association for the Advancement of Science on February
14, and became Chairman-elect of the AAAS Chemistry Section that same year.
of Fox's three patents was issued on July 5, 1994, for "Reversible Electro-Optical
Information Storage in Uniform Photoconductive Thin Films," with Chongyang
Liu, Horng-long Pan, and Allen J. Bard. [U.S. Patent 5,327,373, International
Also in 1994, Fox was promoted to the newly created position of Vice President for Research at the University of Texas, where she became the highest ranking woman administrator in the University. She was given the opportunity to design her own position, and she allowed that 25% of her time be devoted to continuing with her research. As Fox commented to the UT Faculty Women's Organization, she looked forward to the challenge to "identify forward-looking research opportunities that (would) forge new partnerships among the University community, industry, and state and federal government agencies."
In December Fox visited Antarctica as part of her involvement with the National Science Board.
On June 13, 1995, a third patent was issued to Marye Anne Fox, with Chongyang Liu, Horng-long Pan, and Allen J. Bard for "Optoelectric Memories with Photoconductive Thin Films." [US Patent 5,424,974]
Fox also began a term on the Executive Committee of the Council of the National Academy of Sciences, and she chaired the NAS Committee on Undergraduate Science Education. She served on the Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and became a Member-at-Large of the AAAS Section on Chemistry. She served on the International Organizing Committee of the International Conference on TiO2 Photocatalytic Purification of Water and Air, and on the Council on Chemical Sciences with the U.S. Department of Energy. Fox was also a member of the Texas Board of the Environmental Defense Fund until her arrival in North Carolina in 1998.
1997, the first edition of Organic Chemistry by Marye Anne Fox
and James K. Whitesell appeared. The popular textbook included a CD-Rom
which displayed moving
3-d images of molecules, giving students a more realistic picture
of molecular behavior. It was translated into several languages and was
expanded into a second edition in 1998.
Fox served on the Secretary of Energy's Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee in 1997, and Cleveland State University conferred the degree of D.Sc. (Honoris causa) upon its former student.
In April, the university attracted Lucent Technologies to it's progressive and imaginative Centennial Campus. In a press conference announcing the partnership, Fox, an enthusiastic supporter of Centennial Campus, stated:
|The real excitement at our university takes place when our most talented and best people, ideas and technology come together with that of industry and government to enhance the development of dynamic new products, innovative solutions and better service, while educating students to be work-force ready, Centennial Campus provides an unparalleled environment for this to happen. Our alliance with Lucent will be critical to the university's mission of offering a state-of-the-art curriculum that provides our students with real-world applications.|
Fox is a community leader and has become a part of numerous local and national organizations since arriving in North Carolina such as:
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