About Diane

Diane Grob Schmidt is a famous American chemist. She worked for Proctor & Gamble located in Cincinnati, Ohio from 1981 until the year 2014. In 2015 she was made president of the American Chemical Society (ACS).


Schmidt grew up in Ohio as well as Chattanooga, Tennessee. She graduated with the 1963 class from Red Bank High School. She got her A.B degree from the University of Tennessee in 1967. She also got her M.S. from the University of Tennessee at the Knoxville Campus. She earned her PhD in the field of Organic Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati in the year 1981.


Schmidt was employed with Proctor and Gamble, makers of a range of pharmaceutical and beauty products from 1981 all the way to 2014. From 1992 to 1997 she served as the senior scientist. In 1997 she was made the head of her section. The responsibilities for section head include taking care of safety issues as well as regulatory matters. She was also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati in the Department of Chemistry.

Diane Grob Schmidt has a number of products she developed and patented. She has a patent for Pert Plus shampoo and conditioner. She was the leader of the team that developed this product which was the first shampoo for dog hair.

Schmidt was on the editorial board at the Journal of Society of Cosmetics Chemists as well as the Journal of Chemical Health and Safety.

Schmidt is part of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences and the American Industrial Hygiene Association. In 1968 she joined the American Chemical Society and held a number of positions. She had three consecutive terms as the Board of Directions. In 2015 she was named President of the American Chemical Society. She is looking to inspire and innovate for tomorrow according to her presidential theme.

Honors and Awards

Schmidt has won a number of awarding including:

  • Distinguished Alumna of the University of Cincinnati in 2014
  • Henry A Hill Award, ACD Division of Professional Relations in 2012
  • Fellow ACS in 2011
  • Fellow , ACS Chemical Health and Safety Division in 2004
  • Distinguished Alumna from the University of Tennessee in 1995
  • Distinguished of Scientists of Cincinnati, the Engineers and Scientists of Cincinnati in 1994. She was the first woman to receive this award.
  • She is a lifetime member of Sigma Xi. Schmidt is also a lifetime member of the Lota Sigma Pi