Uma Chowdhry

UMA CHOWDHRY, Business Director, Intermediates, DuPont Specialty Chemicals, Wilmington, Del. "By reading THE SCIENTISTregularly, I can track who is doing what in the field I have my roots in. THE SCIENTIST provides me with a quick review of the most significant developments in science and technology." It is not often that a researcher gets the opportunity to become director of a business based on the technology he or she was involved in. But that is what happened to DuPont's Uma Chowdhry. Sh

The Scientist Staff
Jan 7, 1996

UMA CHOWDHRY, Business Director, Intermediates,
DuPont Specialty Chemicals, Wilmington, Del.

"By reading THE SCIENTISTregularly, I can track who is doing what in the field I have my roots in. THE SCIENTIST provides me with a quick review of the most significant developments in science and technology."

It is not often that a researcher gets the opportunity to become director of a business based on the technology he or she was involved in. But that is what happened to DuPont's Uma Chowdhry.

Shortly after joining DuPont in 1977, Chowdhry led a group to develop catalysts for making tetrahydrofuran from butane in a two-step process. The inventions pioneered by her group were later developed by large, interdisciplinary teams into a new commercial process. Chowdhry is now director of a $400 million business that is capitalizing on her group's original research.

"I feel fortunate to have come full circle to be...