Lloyd Brewster Thomas, born in Iowa in 1909, spent his early years in Alberta, Canada. He came to Columbia in 1922 as an undergraduate, received an A.B. in Chemistry in 1930, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
After obtaining his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the University of Minnesota with G. Glockler in 1935, he returned to MU as an Instructor. His entire professional career was spent on MU's campus (forty-four years as an active faculty member), except for two years during which he held visiting appointments at Oxford University and the University of California, Berkeley. Following his "retirement" and appointment as Professor Emeritus in 1979, he remained active in research until his death in 1991.
Lloyd is best remembered as an inspiring teacher and a careful experimentalist, whose investigations into gas-surface energy transfer phenomena, brought him international recognition.
The Lloyd B. Thomas Chemistry Scholars Program was established in 1993 as a lasting tribute to this extraordinary educator and scientist. It brings to the Department of Chemistry at the University of Missouri outstanding speakers with national and international reputations who, through formal seminars and informal interactions with students and faculty, expand our scientific horizons and keep us in touch with the foremost contemporary research in chemistry. Individuals wishing to make gifts to the endowment, which funds this memorial to Lloyd, are encouraged to do so. Additional information concerning this endowment program is available from the Chemistry Department Office, 125 Chemistry Building.
In addition to the Lloyd B. Thomas Chemistry Scholars Program, The Lloyd B. Thomas Lecture and Performance Series also honors his contributions to the University of Missouri.