Scientist Will Carpenter to discuss chemical weapons ban Nov. 11

October 26, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Scientist Will Carpenter will discuss his role in establishing a chemical weapons treaty during a lecture on Nov. 11 at Purdue University.

Carpenter, a Purdue College of Science alumnus and retired Monsanto executive, will give his free talk, open to the public, at 7 p.m. in Krannert Auditorium with an 8 p.m. book signing in the Krannert Drawing Room. The lecture is co-sponsored by Krannert School of Management, College of Agriculture and College of Science.

During his tenure at Monsanto, Carpenter was significantly involved with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013 for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons.

Prior to the creation of the organization, he was involved in the effort to establish a chemical weapons treaty that culminated in the conclusion of the Chemical Weapons Convention in 1997. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was established after the convention was put into force. Carpenter served as the U.S. representative to and co-chair of its science advisory board.

Carpenter earned his master's degree and doctorate in biological sciences from Purdue in 1956 and 1958, respectively. In 1999 he received an honorary doctorate from Purdue's College of Science.

His book, "Will B…a Life in Science," was published in 2014 and focuses on his work to ban chemical weapons.

For more information, contact Lou Underwood, Krannert assistant director of alumni relations and special events, at 765-494-0901,

News service contact: John Hughey, 765-494-2432,

Source: Tim Newton, 765-496-7271, 

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