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Biography - John E. Sohn, Ph.D.

Fall 2003: Second year teaching at Haddonfield Memorial High School. 


A resident of southern New Jersey for 25 years, Dr. Sohn was born while his parents were living in Tokyo, Japan.  His family returned to Northern California in 1955. He grew up in Ukiah, graduating from Ukiah HS in 1970. He graduated from the University of California, Davis (B. S. Chemistry). He did his graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, earning an M.S. in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. Dr. Sohn moved to New Jersey in 1978 with his wife, Cathy, where he did post doctoral research in chemistry and physics at the University of Pennsylvania.


He retired from Lucent Technologies, Bell Labs (AT&T Bell Labs, Western Electric) as a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in July 2001 after more than 20 years doing industrial research and development. Major areas of focus included:

         Environmentally conscious electronics manufacturing: elimination of CFC's, ozone-depleting substances, and lead

         Effects of manufacturing materials and processes on product reliability

         Design, synthesis, characterization, and processing of nonlinear optical organic materials

         Properties of polymer surfaces and interfaces


During 2001-2002, he served as a consultant to an electronics manufacturing industry consortium investigating the feasibility of eliminating lead from electronics.

He is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, and the World Affairs Council, Philadelphia. He has published over 50 scientific publications, including book chapters, edited several books, given more than 30 technical presentations, and received one patent. He reviewed scientific grants for National Science Foundation and National Academy of Sciences, and was a reviewer for seven scientific journals.

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