Inductee Profile

David B. Pall

Dr. David B. Pall received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from McGill University in 1939 and worked as a research chemist on the Manhattan Project. He founded Pall Corporation in 1946 to commercialize his invention of a novel metallic filtration material. Thus began one of the greatest sustained periods of inventive genius. He was the scientific driving force behind Pall Corporation's growth into a global company and the world leader in filtration. He retired from the company in 1992.

Dr. Pall's technical interests and accomplishments ranged from aerospace to pharmaceuticals to medicine. A remarkable number of his inventions have become indispensable products used every day for such filtration applications as blood banking, drug production and aerospace systems.

He was the named inventor on 181 U.S. patents. In 1990 he was awarded the prestigious National Medal of Technology by President George Bush. The medal is the United States' highest honor in technology and is awarded to recognize exceptional contributions to the well being of the nation through technological innovation and commercialization.

Pall Corporation Chairman and CEO Eric Krasnoff said, “Armed only with an idea -- a revolutionary filtration material, Dr. Pall founded Pall Corporation in a Queens, N.Y. garage. Financial support and mentorship by his childhood friend and Pall Founder-Director Bram Appel made that start possible. Over the next half century, Dr. Pall's genius roamed far and wide to solve critical problems across a broad swath of health care, environmental and industrial applications. The eponymous Pall Corporation is one beneficiary of Dr. Pall's legacy. The world owes him an equal debt.”

Pall Corporation is the leader in the rapidly fields of filtration, separations and purification. Pall's business is organized around two broad markets: Life Sciences and Industrial. The company provides leading-edge products to meet the demanding needs of customers in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, transfusion medicine, semiconductors, municipal drinking water, aerospace and broad industrial markets. Total revenues are $2 billion. The Company headquarters are in East Hills, New York with operations in more than 30 countries.