The Eisch Fellowship has been established in the chemistry department at Marquette University through the generosity of Professor John J. Eisch, Ph.D. and his wife, Joan S. Eisch (B.S. in Nursing, Marquette). The Eisch Fellowship is an academic year research fellowship that is awarded to a graduate student whose performance in graduate research has been judged by the faculty to be outstanding.
Professor John J. Eisch is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and a 1952 graduate of Marquette University with the B.S. degree (summa cum laude) in Chemistry. He received the Ph.D. degree in Organic Chemistry from Iowa State University, working under the direction of Professor Henry Gilman, an internationally eminent organometallic chemist. Upon completing his Ph.D. studies in 1956, Dr. Eisch received a postdoctoral fellowship from the Union Carbide Corporation to study withProfessor Karl Ziegler at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim (Ruhr), Germany. Ziegler, along with Giulio Natta, received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1963 for discovering versatile catalysts for the stereoselective polymerization of olefins, diolefins, and acetylenes. Following a five-month stay at the European Research Associates Laboratory in Brussels, Belgium, Eisch began his academic career in 1957 as Assistant Professor of Chemistry in St. Louis University. As his career progressed, Dr. Eisch held positions successively at the University of Michigan and the Catholic University of America, where he was Ordinary Professor of Chemistry and Department Head from 1966 until 1972. He then joined the faculty of the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton as Department Chair in 1972. In 1983 he was named Distinguished Professor, a SUNY-wide honor. Eisch’s extensive research career in the field of organometallic research has been recognized by receiving a traveling lecture fellowship of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Research Award, Universität München, Germany (1993-1996 and again in 2005-2006), the first Henry Gilman Research Award, Iowa State University (1995), and the Doctor of Science degree, honoris causa, from Marquette University (2002). To date he has mentored over 100 doctoral students and postdoctoral associates, 30 masters students and over 70 undergraduate assistants, as well as having taught undergraduate and graduate courses in organic and organometallic chemistry. He has published two monographs and four edited volumes in organometallic chemistry, as well as over 390 research publications, patents and reviews.
Recently, Dr. Eisch has published his reminiscences as postdoctoral fellow with Karl Ziegler and as a young academic, in the invited review, “Fifty Years of Ziegler-Natta Polymerization: From Serendipity to Science. A Personal Account,” in Organometallics, 2012, 31, 4917-4932, one of the most frequently downloaded articles from this journal in 2012.