Dr. William G. Padolina is recognized for his significant contributions in the field of natural products chemistry, coconut chemistry, biotechnology and in management of research and development. Among his contributions are the following: (1) isolation and identification of new germacranolide sesquiterpene lactones with complex structural features, including bioactive compounds from Philippine medicinal plants with anti-allergy and insecticidal activity; (2) synthesis of new derivatives from coconut fatty acids, such as fatty alkylethers and glyceryl ethers, with potential uses in the oleochemical industry; (3) led in the development of biotechnology as a researcher and as leader and has served in international expert panels in biotechnology, biosafety, technology transfer and advisory committees.
Birthdate: 15 November 1946
- Ph.D. in Botany and Phytochemistry - University of Texas at Austin - 1973
- Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Chemistry (Magna Cum Laude) - University of the Philippines Los Baños - 1968