Dr. Douglas J. Henderson said the letter requesting he apply for membership to the Royal Society of Chemistry came as a surprise – especially because the President of the society, C. David Garner, offered to provide his endorsement.
Generally, those interested in membership submit an application and wait months to hear whether they’ve been accepted. Henderson suspects he was selected because he has published in the society’s journals.
As part of admittance into the society, Dr. Henderson is entitled to use the initials FRSC after his name, meaning he’s a fellow of the RSC. The society has three levels of membership: Associate (AMRS), Member (MRSC), and Fellow (FRSC). To be considered a fellow of the society means the member has at least five years of experience and has made an outstanding contribution to either the advancement or application of chemical science, the chemical science profession or the management or direction of an organization in which chemical science is important.
The RSC is a global society based in London with a membership of over 46,000. It hosts conferences and meetings at national and local levels. It is also a major publisher and participates in activities involved with the science and the profession of chemistry.
Henderson was a student of Dr. Henry Eyring at the University of Utah and said Eyring influenced him to study chemistry. He received his undergraduate in mathematics and his Ph.D in physics, and went on to teach physical chemistry courses at BYU for 13 years. Now retired, Henderson has recently conducted research on biophysics.
Henderson is also a member of the American Chemical Society.