Science: Industrial Chemist

Since 1912, bald, businesslike Dr. Lucas Petrou Kyrides (rhymes with Wheaties) has been grinding out inventions in a steady stream. His inventions, now totaling over 100, include a syphilis-curing drug (Mercurosal), the first U.S. process for making synthetic rubber from isoprene and butadiene, the first U.S. synthetic rubber tire (in 1913). As a research boss at St. Louis' potent Monsanto Chemical Co., Dr. Kyrides is one of the nation's top industrial chemists. But not until last week did he get his first public kudos: the American Chemical Society's first annual Midwest award for outstanding contributions in chemistry.

At Monsanto, where Dr. Kyrides...

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