Professor Madeleine M. Joullié
It is a distinct honor and great personal pleasure to serve as facilitator of this special issue of the ARKIVOC, dedicated to the venerable Professor Madeleine M. Joullié, Class of 1970 Professor of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, on the occasion of her 80th birthday. Prof. Joullié was born in Paris, France, but grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She moved to the United States for her undergraduate studies, obtaining a B.S. degree in chemistry from Simmons College in Boston, and then attended the University of Pennsylvania, earning an M.S. in 1950 and a Ph.D. in 1953 under the direction of Prof. Allan R. Day, whose interests in mechanistic organic and heterocyclic chemistry played a significant role in influencing her early academic interests. Prof. Joullié became the first woman to join the Penn chemistry faculty and of note was also the first female organic chemist to be appointed to a tenure track position in a major American university. She rose through the ranks to become full professor in 1974, during which period she was appointed as one of the first affirmative action officers at Penn and played a seminal role in the recruiting of women and minority faculty at Penn. During the course of her career, she has remained a proactive advocate of equal opportunity at Penn and has served as District Councilor on several American Chemical Society Professional Relations committees.
Prof. Joullié has a distinguished record as a scientist, teacher, and mentor of many students, and she currently remains a highly creative, prolific, and well-funded organic chemist. During her prodigious career at Penn, she has co-authored three textbooks of organic chemistry, authored over 18 review articles, and published over 300 scientific papers. Having taught undergraduate and graduate-level organic chemistry since joining the Penn faculty in 1953, she is truly a pedagogical institution in her own right. Over the years her unique, colorful persona has achieved legendary status on the Penn campus, where she has mentored over 150 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows and instructed literally thousands of undergraduate and graduate students during the course of her 50+ year tenure.