2007 UW Honorary Citation Report – Merianos

Pictured with Dean Jeanette Roberts in the School of Pharmacy are 2007 UW Citation Award recipients Dr. Michael A. Schwartz, Judith E. Thompson, Michael J. Dow and Dr. John J. Merianos.

Pictured with Dean Jeanette Roberts in the School of Pharmacy are 2007 UW Citation Award recipients (l to r) Dr. Michael A. Schwartz, Judith E. Thompson, Michael J. Dow and Dr. John J. Merianos.Michael J. Dow and Dr. John J. Merianos.

John J. Merianos, a native of Greece, received his BS in pharmacy from the New England College of Pharmacy, his MS in pharmaceutical chemistry (’63), and PhD in medicinal chemistry (’66) from the University of Wisconsin. Merianos launched his professional career with FMC Corporation in the area of antimalarial research. Later, he joined Millmaster Onyx where he was an active research chemist and group leader of antimicrobial research programs.

Merianos subsequently joined GAF Chemicals Corporation, the predecessor to International Specialty Products (ISP), in 1987 as a senior research scientist. In 1991 he was named research fellow, ISP Research & Development, and in 1992, was named associate director of research and development at ISP Sutton Laboratories. In 1995 Merianos was promoted to senior research fellow at ISP Research & Development and the director of Research & Developmoent at ISP Sutten Laboratories. In total, Merianos is the inventor or co-inventor of more than 107 patents in quaternary ammonium antimicrobial compounds, industrial biocides and cosmetic preservatives. In 1999 he was promoted to senior science fellow in charge of the technology of cosmetic preservation and biocides research and development at ISP. In 1997 Merianos was named Microbiologist of the Year by the Society for Industrial Microbiology, New Jersey Local Chapter, in recognition of his achievements in applied microbiology.

Merianos has remained a loyal friend to the University of Wisconsin and its School of Pharmacy during his entire scientific career, which has spanned more than 40 years.