Research Triangle Park, NC The world�s top textile scientists were honored during AATCC�s 2005 International Conference & Exhibition (IC&E) in Boston, Mass., on October 25-27, at the Hyatt Harborside. The awards were presented at the Association�s conference Awards Luncheon on Thursday, October 27, 2005, at the Hyatt Harborside in downtown Boston, Mass.
Rolf Georg Kuehni is this year�s recipient of THE OLNEY MEDAL for achievement in textile chemistry. A native of Sch�nenwerd, Switzerland, Kuehni obtained a BS in textile chemistry from Fachhochschule Niederrhein in Krefeld, Germany in 1961. He joined Dominion Textiles Inc. in Magog, Quebec, Canada in 1961 as a textile chemist. Through his career he worked at The Waldrich Co., Verona Dyestuffs, Mobay Chemical Corp., Bayer Corp., and DyStar. He currently has an appointment as an adjunct professor of Color Science at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. He served as an editor for Color Research and Application from 1987-1989. Kuehni is the author of approximately 80 peer-reviewed scientific and technical papers and encyclopedia articles on textile technology and color science and technology. He has also authored or co-authored five books on color science.
He joined AATCC in 1964, and has been active in the technical and administrative committees of the Association. He has presented at several AATCC International Conference & Exhibitions, a Color Science Symposium, and an International Dyeing Symposium. Kuehni is also a member of the Inter-Society Color Council. In 1986, the Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology presented Kuehni with the Armin J. Brunig Award. He was also presented with the Godlove Award in 2003 by the Inter-Society Color Council.
Established in 1944 in honor of Louis Atwell Olney, the founder and first president of AATCC, The Olney Medal recognizes outstanding achievement in textile or polymer chemistry or other fields of chemistry of major importance to textile science. The award consists of a gold medal, a scroll, and an honorarium.