WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – White Plains resident and scientist Edith M. Flanigen was honored for her 42-year-career when she was presented with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Obama on Nov. 20, reports Buffalo News .
The president awarded Flanigen with the medal while a Marine praised her “innovations in the fields of silicate chemistry, the chemistry of zeolites, and molecular sieve materials.”
Flanigen, a Buffalo native, helped develop a way of manufacturing more gasoline from every barrel of oil, as well as a way to extract organics out of paint. She invented more than 200 synthetic materials, including the synthetic emeralds marketed by Union Carbide according to the report.
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