Lindley A. Cates, PhD

Lindley Cates

Title: Professor (Retired)
Company: University of Houston
Location: Conroe, Texas, United States

Lindley A. Cates, PhD, Retired Professor at the University of Houston, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in medicinal chemistry and higher education.

Inspired to delve further into the chemistry profession upon receiving a chemistry set as a child, Dr. Cates was innately interested in the chemical makeup and properties of objects and materials. Further influenced by his high school chemistry teacher, who performed a demonstration of explosive properties featuring sodium metal and water, he attended the University of Minnesota where he received a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy in 1954. Later attending the University of Colorado, he earned a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in 1958 and 1961, respectively. Since then, he has obtained a junior college teaching certification and became a registered pharmacist in Minnesota, Colorado and Texas.

Dr. Cates commenced his career in 1961 as an assistant professor of medicinal chemistry at the University of Houston. Ascending the ranks to associate professor in 1964 and full professor in 1968, he stayed in that capacity for a fruitful 38 years prior to his retirement in 1998. During his tenure, he also served as associate dean for five years. Likewise, he also sat as chair of the board of directors of the Great Southern Laboratory, Inc., from 1989 to 2015 and was a community and staff hospital pharmacist. Throughout his career, he additionally maintained affiliation with the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Section of Medicinal Chemistry, the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education and the American Chemical Society, among many other entities.

A former second lieutenant of the United States Air Force, Dr. Cates was also an ROTC Distinguished Military graduate in his youth and traveled frequently because of his service. As a testament to his success, he has received numerous accolades and honors, such as two Robert A. Welch Foundation grants and National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health grants. He was also selected for inclusion in Who’s Who in the Frontiers of Science and Technology and received the Men of Achievement Award in 1983. Inducted into the 23rd edition of Who’s Who in the South and Southwest in 1992, Dr. Cates is a Freemason with previous inductions into the Order of DeMolay and Order of the Eastern Star. Although he is not still active with the organization, its ideals are still quite important to him.

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