Skip to main content

Cawse, James N. 1945–

CAWSE, James N. 1945–

PERSONAL: Born November 27, 1945, in Staten Island, NY; son of Alfred J. (a judge) and Janet (a teacher; maiden name, Decker) Cawse; married Marietta Rapetti (a school counselor), July 13, 1974; children: Lauren, Jeanne. Ethnicity: "White." Education: Wesleyan University, B.A., 1967; Stanford University, Ph.D., 1973.

ADDRESSES: Office—General Electric Global Research, 1 Research Circle, Niskayuna, NY 12309. E-mail[email protected]

CAREER: Union Carbide, Charleston, WV, research chemist, 1974–79; General Electric Global Research, Niskayuna, NY, research chemist, 1980–.

MEMBER: American Chemical Society, American Society for Quality.


(Editor and contributor) Experimental Design for Combinatorial and High Throughput Materials Development, John Wiley and Sons (New York, NY), 2002.

Contributor to scientific journals, including Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry, Accounts of Chemical Research, Polymer Testing, and Progress in Organic Coatings.

SIDELIGHTS: James N. Cawse told CA: "A few years ago I was invited to join a groundbreaking effort in combinatorial chemistry at General Electric as an experimental strategist. I found that combinatorial and high throughput experimentation methods were changing the materials development world as thoroughly as they changed the drug discovery world in the last decade. Advances in chemistries, analytical techniques, preparation methods, software, and hardware have made this a tremendously exciting area to work in. Entirely new approaches were needed to deal with the explosion in experimental capability. As materials scientists, we started thinking differently, attacking research areas as entire units rather than proceeding from experiment to experiment.

"As a relatively unusual chemist with extensive training and experience in experimental design, I had the marvelous opportunity to think deeply about the key intellectual step of planning the experiments. I realized that, with the experimental horsepower now eas-ily accessible, the experimenter really needed to map a route before careening across the landscape. In this effort I was aided by a world-class team at General Electric Global Research and, as I began to work on the book, a very strong group of contributors. It was great fun and a super education just trying to understand the mathematical, statistical, and chemical depth of their contributions!"



Technometrics, November, 2003, Eric R. Ziegel, review of Experimental Design for Combinatorial and High Throughput Materials Development, p. 365.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Cawse, James N. 1945–." Contemporary Authors. . 22 Jan. 2019 <>.

"Cawse, James N. 1945–." Contemporary Authors. . (January 22, 2019).

"Cawse, James N. 1945–." Contemporary Authors. . Retrieved January 22, 2019 from

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

The Chicago Manual of Style

American Psychological Association

  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.