About Phi Lambda Upsilon
Phi Lambda Upsilon was founded
as an honorary chemical society in March, 1899 at the University of Illinios.
It was the first honor society dedicated to a single, scientific discipline.
The society stands as a monument to the enthusiasm and zeal of Horace C.
Porter, Paul F.A. Rudnick, and Fred C. Koch, each at the time a senior
majoring in chemistry. The founders were assisted in their undertaking
by Professors Arthur W. Palmer, Harry S. Grindley, and Samuel W.
Parr, who continued for many years to manifest an active interest in the
Society and to work for the mainteneance of its high standards.
The aims and purposes of the Sociey
were from its inception "the promotion of high scholarship and original
investigation in all branches or pure and applied chemistry." Through
these objectives the founders envisaged a society which would serve the
field of chemistry in the same manner that Phi Beta Kappa does in the humanities,
Sigma Xi in scientific research, and Tau Beta Pi in engineering.
Throughout its history Phi Lambda Upsilon has shown a constant and consistent
devotion to its objectives as an Honorary Chemical Society.