The Anthony J. and Heand Johns Silvestri Lecture in Chemistry is an endowed lectureship allowing the Chemistry Department to invite renowned speakers in Chemistry to our Department. Through the generosity of Dr. Anthony and Heand Johns Silvestri, the department is able to host these preeminent scholars.
About Dr. Anthony Silvestri
Born in Glassboro, NJ, Dr. Silvestri graduated from Gloucester Catholic High School. He subsequently earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Villanova University in 1958 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Penn State in 1961. Upon leaving Penn State, he joined Mobil as a Research Chemist at their Paulsboro (NJ) Research Laboratory. In 1963, he transferred to Mobil’s Princeton Technical Center as a Senior Research Chemist and was appointed Research Associate in 1968, Manager, Analysis and Special Technology in 1973 and Manager, Catalysis Research in 1975. In 1977, Dr. Silvestri returned to Paulsboro as Manager, Process Research and Development. In 1979, he undertook a one-year assignment at Mobil’s corporate headquarters in New York.
Dr. Silvestri returned to Paulsboro in 1980 as Manager of the Process Research and Technical Service Division and became Manager of the Products Research and Technical Service Division at that location in 1984. In 1989, Dr. Silvestri returned to Princeton as Vice-President with responsibility for Mobil’s Corporate Environmental Health and Safety Department. He retired from that position in 1996.
During his career with Mobil, Dr. Silvestri was involved in studies on chemical kinetics, heterogeneous catalysis, synthetic fuels production, fuel and lubricant formulations, environmental issues, product safety and toxicology. He authored or coauthored about 60 papers and United States patents. In 1984 Dr. Silvestri received the New York Catalysis Society Award for Excellence in Catalysis in recognition of his professional accomplishments and was named a Penn State Alumni Fellow in 1995.
In addition to his duties at Mobil, Dr. Silvestri has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Chemical Industry Institute of Toxicology, has been a member of the Health and Environment General Committee of the American Petroleum Institute, served on the Advisory Council to the School of Chemical Engineering at Cornell University and was a member of the National Academy of Science Committee on control of explosive materials.