VERNON K. KRIEBLE CHAIR IN CHEMISTRY
Established in 1975 by Robert H. Krieble in memory of his father

Image Credit: Locite VERNON K. KRIEBLE, who taught chemistry for more than 50 years at Trinity College in Connecticut, founded American Sealants. The company, which was responsible for the invention of Super Glue, was later named Loctite. In 1953, Mr. Krieble created an innovative anaerobic sealant--a liquid bonding resin that hardened in the absence of air--based on a conversation with his son, Robert, who also was a chemist. The new sealant provided a solution to the age-old problem of loose nuts and bolts in machines and appliances.

 

Image Credit: Burian-Moss ROBERT H. KRIEBLE, A&S 1939 (PhD), earned his degree in chemistry and later served as a university trustee. He co-founded Loctite with his father and became president and chief executive officer after his father's death in 1964, expanding the company internationally. An inventor as well as a businessman, he was awarded more than a dozen patents. He died in 1997. Dr. Krieble's wife, NANCY B. KRIEBLE, SPH 1939, who earned her degree in bacteriology, also generously contributed to the Department of Chemistry. She died in 2001.

 

DAVID DRAPER, the Vernon K. Krieble Professor of Chemistry, is widely recognized for his work on RNA structure and RNA-protein interactions. A Hopkins faculty member since 1980, Dr. Draper's current work is focused on the physical processes by which RNA molecules adopt complex, three-dimensional structures important for cellular functions.