Chemists and Chemical Engineers



in S. Korea




by Choon H. Do




1. Introduction


South Korea is currently ranked 5th in the world for chemical production. Despite suffering from Japanese occupation between 1910 and 1945, and a tragic, fratricidal war from 1950 to1953, it has grown to be an academic and commercial powerhouse for chemical production. Today, it is recognized around the world for its leadership and productivity. The description on the development of chemistry and chemical industries in S. Korea can be found elsewhere (Choon H. Do, "Progress of Chemistry in South Korea", in Chemistry International. Volume 37, Issue 5-6, Pages 4–11, October 2015 (; DOI: 10.1515/ci-2015-0504).


The key to its growth has been its people. It is hard to believe that the seeds and roots of chemists and chemical engineers were growing and survived under the oppression and the war. Seventy years since regaining its independence, we now have 3rd and 4th generation scientists active in their fields.


We'd like to introduce some of the pioneers, leaders, active groups and organizations that have contributed to the growth of South Korea's academia, research institutes, chemical industries and chemical sciences community. In recognizing their work, we hope to inspire and nurture our next generations of scientists.









 Second Generation


  3.1. Second Generation in Academia


  3.2. Second Generation in Research Institutes



  3.3. Second Generation in Chemical Industries

 Third generation


 Active Leading Groups


  5.1. Active Leading Groups in Academia


  5.2. Active Leading Groups in Research Institutes


  5.3. Active Leading Groups in Chemical Industries


 Woman Chemists and Chemical Engineers







 Chemists and Chemical Engineers Abroad

   7.1. Chemists and Chemical Engineers in U.S.A. & Canada

   7.2. Chemists and Chemical Engineers in Europe

   7.3. Chemists and Chemical Engineers in Asia and Australia




  Name Index (English)


  Name Index (한글, Korean)





2. Pioneers





     There were pioneers in academia and industries, who established the basis of the progress of chemistry in academia and chemical industries after the independence from Japanese occupation and the establishment of S. Korean government. They are the first generation of S. Korea' academia in chemistry and chemical industries.


      more on Pioneers ....



3. Second Generation - Leaders


     There are many leading chemists and chemical engineers in acdemia, research institutes and industries. They graduated universities after the Independence of Korea, from 1945 to 1960s. They may belong to the 2nd and 3rd generation.


3.1. Second Generation in Academia - Leaders


         There are many leaders contributing to establish and develop their institutes

         and department in universities in early stage of chemical education.


        see more on Leaders in Academia ..



3.2. Second Generation in Research Institutes


      After Independence, Centeral Industry Research Institute, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) and Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) were established one by one. Many scientists and engineers joined the institutes and they contribute greatly to the progress of Korean chemical research and industry fields.


   It is needless to say that there are many other research institutes and researchers contributed to the progress of chemistry in Korea.   


    more on Leaders in Research Institutes..



3.3. Second Generation in Chemical Industries

          Many chemists and chemical engineers in private industry

          sector contributed greatly the development of chemical industries in Korea.

          Although their contribution to chemical industry in Korea are enormous,  

          because of the nature of chemical industries, many of them

          are not identified andrecognized well. We will try to find out some of them.


         More on the leaders and active groups in chemical industries ....



4. Third Generation



5. Active Leading Groups


      There are many active researchers and they are rising stars and hopes in Korea.

      We just like to list some of them here. They are the 3rd and 4th

      generations of chemists and chemical engineers in S. Korea after

      the Indendence of Korea in 1945. 



5.1. Active Leading Groups in Academia


       There are many active chemists and chemical engineers in universities.


      see more on Active Leading Groups..



5.2. Active Leading Groups in Research Institutes


          more on Active leading groups in Research Institutes...



6. Woman Chemists and Chemical Engineers


      The number of women chemists and chemical engineers is increasing. They are very active, creative and productive. They may lead chemical community soon just like Korean lady golfers at LPGA. Some leaders of woman chemists are listed.


     see more on Woman Chemists and Chemical Engineers..



7. Chemists and Chemical Engineers Abroad


     There are many chemists and chemical engineers who were born in Korea or

     from Korean parents living abroad took their careers as chemists or chemical

     engineers in overseas and contributed their talents to their societies and to

     Korean societies. Some of them are listed here according to their three

     geographic regions.


7.1. Chemists and Chemical Engineers in U.S.A. and Canada


          In the United States and Canada, there are many chemical scientists and engineers whose education backgrounds or parents were Koreans. Their works and activities were done mainly in the United States and in Canada. Their works and activities influenced the progress of chemical societies and industries in Korea in many ways.


        more on Chemists and Chemical Engineers in the United States...



7.2. Chemists and Chemical Engineers in Europe


7.3. Chemists and Chemical Engineers in Asia and Australia



 Notes: This is only partial and small portion of list on the chemists and

               chemical engineers in S. Korea. The contents will be added continuously.

               Comments and additional information are welcome.

 This page was last updated on October 30, 2017.

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