Charles Allan Thomas (1900-1982), 1947, Smithsonian Institution Archives, H. W. Graham (left), senior past president of the Industrial Research Institute (IRI) and director of metallurgy and research at Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation, presented the IRI Medal in 1947 to Charles Allen Thomas (1900-1982) (right), executive vice president and technical director of the Monsanto Chemical Company. Dr. Thomas was cited by the Institute for his "inspiring leadership in the development of the American research system and for the participation thus in the American chemical enterprise." The medal was awarded at the Institute's annual meeting at Swampscott, Massachusetts..