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Ernest Polak was born  in 1921 in Amersfoort Holland. He grew up in
Holland, where he was involved with the  family business Polak's Frutal
Works  (PFW),  a  highly  successful flavour and fragrance company. He
moved to the USA in 1939 where he  joined PFW  Inc  in Middletown, New
York.  In 1944, after  doing a  Master  of  Science  in  Chemistry at the
University of Iowa, he joined Hoffman LaRoche  in  New  Jersey  as  a
researcher.  He then returned to  PFW Inc in 1948 where he was  Vice
President  for  Research  and Development until  1973. In  1975,  Ernest
and his wife Ghislaine moved to Paris, France, and  from  then  on  he
fostered  his  wide interests  in  chemoreception  through a host of
academic  contacts  and  collaborations.

In autumn  2004, Ernest and Ghislaine made a large endowment to ECRO
and  AChems,  established  as  "The  Elsje Werner-Polak Memorial Fund in
memory of our niece, gassed by the Nazis in 1944 at age 7." The annual
income from this endowment is distributed to AChems and ECRO
proportionately to the number of members in each organisation and is
pledged for
- Awards to students, post graduates or junior researchers
- Student and invited speaker travel for annual meetings
- Symposia, workshops and seminars
- Seed grants e.g. to allow data to be collected for regular grant applications
- Meeting attendance fees for students
- Other similar purposes such as outward reach
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