Tom Beattie

Councilor
(858) 587-1210

Tom has served continually as a Councilor in the San Diego ACS Section for the last 15 years and prior (2001-3) was an Alternate Councilor.  In 1999, a year for which the section received the ACS National Outstanding Large Section Award, he was Section Chair.

Currently he also is Chair of the ACS National Senior Chemists Committee (SCC, 2015-8), was Vice Chair (2014-5), and was a member since its formation in 2013.  Previously he was a member of the National Senior Chemists Task Force (2009-12) and chair of the ACS National Silver Circle (seniors) Working Group (2005-9), progenitors of SCC.  From 2004 to 2012 he was a member of the National Local Section Activities Committee and served as chair of its Local Section Assistance and Development Subcommittee.

In the San Diego ACS Section he chairs the annual Distinguished Scientist Award Selection Committee (21 years) and was the creator in 1999 and organizer of the annual San Diego Medchem Symposium (17 years). In 2008 he initiated and continues to manage the section’s quarterly seniors/retirees/consultants/part-timers breakfasts.

Since 2001 he has managed the section’s educational programs in the elementary schools. Since 2005 the programs have focused on science shows for 4th/5th graders in which >82,000 school children have viewed >450 Mad Science shows. In 2012 this program received a San Diego Science Alliance award.

Tom was the Program Chair of the San Diego ACS Section-sponsored 1995 ACS Western Regional Meeting (WRM), which still holds the record as the largest ACS regional meeting ever. For the 2007 WRM he was Technical Program Advisor and a session chair.

He received the section’s Outstanding Service Award in 1996, 2004 and 2013, the 2015 Outreach Volunteer of the Year, and the 2011 E. Ann Nalley ACS Western Region Service Award. In 2011 he was named an ACS Fellow.

Apart from ACS, Tom spent a 27-year career at the Merck Research Labs in Rahway, NJ as a medicinal chemist in early stage drug discovery. After retiring from Merck in 1993, he came to San Diego and worked at Amylin Pharmaceuticals and IRORI/ChemRx/Discovery Partners. Since 2001 he has been doing biopharmaceutical consulting for many organizations within and outside of San Diego, has taught at UCSD, Mesa College and U. Kansas, and served on several advisory boards.  He has a B.S. (U. Pennsylvania), Ph.D. (U. Wisconsin) and was a postdoctoral fellow at M.I.T.