- John E. Sohn, Ph.D.
Fall 2003: Second year teaching at Haddonfield Memorial High School.
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.
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:
conscious electronics manufacturing: elimination of CFC's, ozone-depleting
substances, and lead
manufacturing materials and processes on product reliability
synthesis, characterization, and processing of nonlinear optical organic
polymer surfaces and interfaces
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.