Howard Peters earned a B.S. in chemistry in 1962 at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry at Stanford University in 1967. He next did chemical research at Dow Chemical and at SRI International. He is the author or co-author of many technical and legal publi-cations and presentations and holds several patents, mostly in high explosives on Department of Defense or Atomic Energy Commission matters.
In 1978 Howard received a Juris Doctor degree from Santa Clara University. He practiced patent law in the Silicon Valley for 30 years, and his clients included many high-technology compa¬nies, as well as most campuses of University of California, Stanford University, and Brigham Young University. During this time he wrote and obtained over 300 patents.
He is a 50-year member of the ACS and has served as a voting member of the ACS Council for 35 years; he has served on all national ACS elected commit¬tees and was an elected member of the ACS Board of Directors for 2005-7.
Howard is the author of "Understanding Chemical Patents," published in 1991 by the national ACS. He has received ACS awards for his diversity and inclusion efforts, and for his public outreach explaining science issues to general audiences. He received the ACS Henry Hill Award in 2007 for advancing chemistry as a profession. In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (London) and a Fellow of the ACS in 2010. For the past 12 years he has been an invited judge for chemistry for the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF - the world's largest high school science fair).
Sally Peters is also a chemistry graduate of Geneva College (1964). She did virus research at Stanford under Dr. Hubert Loring, the chemist who first crystallized the polio virus as later used by Dr. Jonas Salk, She then worked briefly in the Swain Chemistry Library at Stanford. In 1983 she earned a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science at San Jose State University. She is now retired as an information spe¬cialist at XEROX PARC in Palo Alto after over 28 years.
Sally served as the Chair of the Santa Clara Valley Section in 2001 and has served as a Councilor for the Section for 15 years. Sally received the Geneva College Outstanding Alumni Service Award in 1997 and the SCV Section's Ottenberg Service Award in 2001. She has organized the high school-level ACS-United Nations Chemistry Olympiad competition in the Santa Clara Valley since 2001.
In 2012 the ACS Division of chemistry and the Law created the annual Howard & Sally Peters Award to recognize long term ACS member achievements in non-traditional careers in chemistry.
Howard and Sally have been talking and writing about "Chocolate, Food of the Gods" as public outreach for chemistry in various venues around the US for over 10 years. They have been invited scientist-author lecturers on Cunard's Queen Mary 2 and the Princess Cruise lines. Their business card reads "Have Chocolate - Will Travel."
Chocolate - Food of the Gods
Chocolate has been a part of our New World culture for thousands of years. This presentation includes: 1. Some of the history of chocolate and its production up to the present; 2. Aspects of the processing of the cocoa pod, bean & pulp, fermenting, drying, roasting, conching, tempering, blending and finishing; 3. Some chemistry, biochemistry, and biology of chocolate and its active ingredients including theobroma cocoa (literally from the Greek - Food of the Gods); 4. Some health aspects (flavanoids, polyphenols & other anti-oxidants) that this exotic processed food is good for you; 5. For those who attend, there will be samples of chocolate. AND for those who stay to the “bitter” end, there will be a free drawing for a ten pound bar of dark “bittersweet” chocolate.