Original Press Release
Dr. Emanuel Horowitz Named 2011 ASTM William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award Recipient
Press release date: May 3, 2011
W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.-Emanuel Horowitz, Ph.D., retired professor of materials science and engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md., has been honored with the 2011 William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award, which recognizes people of eminence within the voluntary standards system. Horowitz received the award for his outstanding and longstanding leadership in promoting national and international standards for medical and surgical implants and materials; he has contributed to voluntary standards development for close to 60 years in committees in ASTM International and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
An ASTM International member since 1952, Horowitz works on Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices, where he is a co-chairman of F04.46 on Cell Signaling, a part of F04.04, Division IV - Tissue Engineered Medical Products (TEMPs). Horowitz's proposals to F04 have successfully reorganized and expanded the committee and its standards work to better serve the needs of industry, government agencies, the medical profession and patients. He also successfully advocated for establishing F04 TEMPs standards activity, which has produced numerous standards. Horowitz led the F04 Division 1 (Materials) for more than 30 years.
Horowitz has been involved with ISO groups since 1954 and he currently serves as a delegate on the U.S. Technical Advisory Group for ISO Technical Committee on Surgical Implants. He has also worked on ISO groups for biocompatibility, plastics and textiles.
An ASTM International fellow, Horowitz served on the ASTM board of directors from 1983 to 1985 and as chairman of the Committee on Research and Technical Planning. A 2002 Award of Merit recipient, he has also been honored with the Scientific American Award in 1997 and the eponymous honor, the Manny Horowitz Award, that same year, and the Patrick G. Laing Award in 1989. He was recognized as an ASTM International Honorary Member in 1976.
Horowitz took a position at the National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology) in 1951 and for the next 10 years was a supervisory chemist concerned with developing more sensitive methods to analyze and characterize such polymeric materials as plastics, textiles and rubber. From 1961 to 1965 he was a research chemist working on the synthesis and characterization of coordination polymers. Starting in 1965 Horowitz was chief of the Polymer Characterization Section and deputy division chief of the Polymers Division; in 1969 he became deputy director for resources and operations with responsibility for the direction and planning of laboratory programs and activities. He received the U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal Award in 1975 and the NBS Rosa Award in 1972.
In 1980, Horowitz joined the materials science and engineering department at Johns Hopkins, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses and conducted research on the composition, microstructure, properties and performance of materials. He also served as director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Materials Research until 1989. Horowitz retired from Johns Hopkins in 2009.
The author or co-author of more than 100 research publications, Horowitz is a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science as well as of honorary societies Alpha Chi Sigma, Phi Lambda Upsilon and Sigma Xi. He earned his bachelor's in chemistry at the City College of New York, and his master's in chemistry and his doctorate from George Washington University.
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