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Paul Whitmore-[Fellow]

Yale University Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage
Director, Aging Diagnostics Laboratory
West Haven, Connecticut

Paul Whitmore was trained as a chemist, earning a B.S. in chemistry from Caltech and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. He has worked in cultural heritage science for his entire professional career, starting at the Environmental Quality Laboratory at Caltech, studying the effects of air pollution on works of art. From there he went to the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, where he worked as a scientist in what is now the Straus Center for Conservation. Since 1988 he was director of the Art Conservation Research Center at Carnegie Mellon University, where he was also a Research Professor in the Department of Chemistry. In March of 2013 he transferred the Art Conservation Research Center to Yale University, where he now leads the Aging Diagnostics Laboratory in the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage. He is also a Senior Research Scientist in Yale’s Department of Chemistry. He is currently Senior Editor of the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation. He is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation and of the International Institute for Conservation. In 2009 he was presented the Rutherford John Gettens Merit Award for outstanding service to conservation by the AIC, and in 2013 a textbook to which he contributed, Paper and Water, was chosen for the AIC Publications Award.