Hall of Fame
The College of Science Hall of Fame is a lifetime achievement award to honor individuals who have distinguished themselves in the community, their career, and their support of the college and the university.
To select a Hall of Fame recipient, the College of Science Advisory Board uses the following criteria:
- An individual who is a leader in the scientific or science-related community and whose professional and community service is recognized by peers and associates as truly outstanding.
- An individual who has a clear affinity with the College of Science and the University of Utah, but who is not necessarily an alumnus of the college.
- An individual who has shown long-term interest in and support of the College of Science.
A permanent display, including individual plaques, is located in the foyer of the Aline Wilmot Skaggs Biology Research Building.
LAWRENCE E. THATCHER
Lawrence E. Thatcher received his training in chemistry and chemical engineering at the University of Utah. He graduated in 1945 with a degree in chemical engineering.
Lawrence and his brother, Winston, co-founded Thatcher Chemical in 1967 in Salt Lake City and developed it into a major supplier and manufacturer of chemical products. Lawrence discovered an innovative way to re-engineer aluminum sulfate in a more economical way for use in water purification.
Today, the Thatcher Group (formerly Thatcher Chemical) creates a wide range of chemical products impacting many industries. The company currently employs more than 500 people. Not only is Lawrence an entrepreneur and astute businessman, but also a loving family man and a man of faith.
In 2017, Lawrence received the prestigious Utah Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology from Governor Gary R. Herbert.
The Thatcher family, led by Lawrence and Helen, have been steadfast supporters of chemistry research and
education at the University of Utah. In 2009, they helped establish the Thatcher Building for Biological and Biophysical Chemistry at the University of Utah. This modern facility provides classrooms, laboratories, and research space for hundreds of chemistry students and faculty each year.
Lawrence, Helen, and their four children, Diane T. Barlow, Craig N. Thatcher, Teri H. Flanders, and Thomas F. Thatcher, are all alumni of the University of Utah.