The 21st International Conference on Flow Injection Analysis and Related Techniques is dedicated to the Honor of the 80th Birthday of Prof. G. Christian








Gary Dale Christian and his twin brother* were born in Eugene Oregon on November 25, 1937. Gary received his B.S. in 1959 from the University of Oregon and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 1964. He was a research analytical chemist at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, DC from 1961 to 1967. He joined the faculty of the University of Kentucky in 1967 and in 1972 moved to the University of Washington as Professor of Chemistry. 




Twins Christian (*Oh, yes, Gary’s twin brother Jerry became a PhD chemist and is very well known in the nuclear field)   

He was Divisional Dean of Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, 1993–2001, and Faculty Director of the Center for Process Analytical Chemistry from 1995 to 1998. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles in 1978–1979, and was an Invited Professor at the University of Geneva in 1979. 

University of Kentucky (1970, USA)

He is a member of the American Chemical Society, Society for Applied Spectroscopy, Spectroscopy Society of Canada, and Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry. He is a past Chairman of the Division of Analytical Chemistry of the American Chemical Society, and member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry.

He was selected by The Analytical Scientist for the 2013 Power List, the 100 Most Influential Analytical Scientists in the World.

He received an honorary doctorate degree from Chiang Mai University, Thailand.

He was inducted as an Honorary Member of the Japanese Society for Analytical Chemistry.

ICFIA 7, Seattle (USA)

 Gary serves on the boards of Analytical Letters, the Analytical Sciences Digital Library, Canadian Journal of Spectroscopy, CRC Critical Reviews in Analytical Chemistry, Electroanalysis, Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, Journal of the Saudi Chemical Society, Sensors, and the Wiley-Interscience Series in Laboratory Automation. He has been Joint Editor-in-Chief of Talanta since 1989.

He was the recipient of the 1988 ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Award for Excellence in Teaching, the 1995 Talanta Gold Medal, and the 1996 American Chemical Society Fisher Award in Analytical Chemistry. He was awarded the Universite Libre de Bruxelles Medal of Honor, the Charles University Commemorative Medal, the Deakin University Geoff Wilson Medal, the Japanese Association for Flow Injection Analysis Scientific Honor Award Medal, and the University of Ghent Honorary Certificate of Research.

Gary is the author of more than 300 papers in which flow systems featured prominently. Gary is very well known for his educational contribution in analytical chemistry. He has authored numerous books, including Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy, Trace Analysis, Analytical Chemistry (7 editions), Instrumental Analysis (2 editions), Problem Solving in Analytical Chemistry, and Quantitative Calculations in Pharmaceutical Practice and Research, as well as an ACS short-course on atomic absorption spectroscopy. He was also the series editor for Analytical Techniques in Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine and senior editor for Topics in Analytical Chemistry by Oxford University Press. His textbook for students on Analytical Chemistry is in its 7th edition and includes a chapter on flow systems. He also contributed the chapter on Process Analytical Chemistry in the approved text to the Federation of European Chemical Society Curriculum in Analytical Chemistry indicating his worldwide recognition in this field.

            Gary Christian is very active with contributions conferences. His first contribution on flow-based systems can be traced back to June 1978 at the 33rd NW regional meeting of the American Chemical Society. He presented a number of contributions on various aspects of flow injection analysis in the 1980s especially at the Pittsburgh conferences. In January, 1989 in Orlando, Florida, Christian and Ruzicka organized the FIA conference series that became the current ICFIA/JAFIA conferences (for detail, please see Talanta 64 (2004) 1071–1075).    


ICFIA 10, Prague (Czech Republic)