Reed Magazine: Peak Chemist Takes Eliot Award

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Reed is proud to announce that mountaineer, chemist, and environmental advocate Arlene Blum ’66 will be honored with the Thomas Lamb Eliot Award, recognizing distinguished and sustained achievement by a Reed grad, at Reunions in June.

Arlene has led expeditions to the world’s most challenging mountains, including Nepal’s Annapurna—an adventure chronicled in her award-winning book,Annapurna: A Woman’s Place. She is also a groundbreaking chemist; she established that a flame retardant widely used in children’s pajamas was mutagenic (the chemical was later banned from children’s clothing). In 2013, she was instrumental in preventing the same flame retardant from creeping into pillows and bedding sold in California.

Robin Tovey