Corporate Fellow Dr. George Beall Honored with Honorary Doctorate Degree at Alfred University | Corporate Fellow, Glass Scientist, Researcher | Corning

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Alfred, N.Y. – Corporate Fellow Dr. George Beall was recently honored with an honorary doctorate degree at Alfred University during its annual commencement ceremony on May 13. George was unanimously voted on by Alfred University’s Board of Trustees for this doctorate which honors his exemplary scientific achievement for the last 50 years.

“I was delighted to accept this honor,” George said. “It is very humbling to see myself in the impressive group of Alfred Honorary Degree recipients including Dr. S. Donald Stookey who received an honorary doctorate of science degree from Alfred in 1984.”

During his remarks, George joked that the honorary degree was his first in materials science – noting that when he came to Corning in 1962, he had a newly minted Ph.D. in geology and it was the help of mentor and friend Dr. Stookey throughout his career that aided in his success.

“Find a mentor or role model wherever you go,” George said. “The relationship will be as critical to your career as it was to me in mine.”

George was nominated for an honorary degree by distinguished glass scientist Dr. L. David Pye, who had served as dean at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. “George achieved what industrial scientists covet most: successful experimental programs leading to valuable commercialization,” David said.

According to Alfred University President Mark Zupan – the ties between Corning and Alfred are strong – with Alfred as the only university in the U.S. that offers a Ph.D. in glass science, and Corning employing more than 300 Alfred alumni.

“It’s so fitting for Alfred University to award an honorary degree to Dr. Beall,” Mark said. “Dr. Beall has had an extraordinary impact on the field of glass science. He was a protégé of the renowned Don Stookey, and has gone on to become a legend himself at Corning.”

Throughout his career, George has worked on a variety of successful innovations including: the discovery of glass-ceramic materials used in Corning products such as MACOR® Machineable Glass Ceramic, Pyroceram® commercial tableware, Visions® cookware and environmental products. He has authored/co-authored more than 100 technical papers and holds 127 U.S. patents.

George formally retired in 2002 but still works as a contractor on a variety of projects within the company’s Glass Research group.

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