History of the Robert F. Reed Technology Medal

Established in 1976 by Printing Industries of America’s Ben Franklin Society, this award was first presented during the 50th anniversary celebration of the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF) and its predecessor, the Lithographic Technical Foundation (LTF). It perpetuates the memory of Robert F. Reed (1905–1973), “Dean of Lithography.”

Reed graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1914 and worked as a research chemist with Ault and Wiberg Company and E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Co. In 1924, he joined LTF as the Foundation’s first research director. He remained as senior research consultant with LTF after stepping down from the research directorship in 1945. He continued his work in graphic communications research and as an author of printing textbooks until his retirement in 1970.

Reed served the Foundation for 46 years, and his contributions to the understanding of the lithographic processes and materials were perhaps the most significant and important made by any man of his time.

If you have any questions about the Robert F. Reed Technology Medal, contact Kayleigh Smith at printingind@comm.printing.org. 

Published on Wednesday, November 9, 2005 (updated 06/01/2016)

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