Science advocate and chemist Arturo Janovitz Klapp dies in Mexico City

By AfS Staff

May 28, 2021

Dr. Arturo Janovitz Klapp, a passionate advocate for science, technology and innovation, died yesterday in Mexico City, where he lived.

Through Dr. Janovitz  had recently retired, he still consulted with the food industry. He was known as a man who loved life, his family and good food, and he was an excellent chef. His parents fled Europe during World War II and met in Mexico, where they started a new life.

Dr. Janovitz  was a proud member of the Alliance for Science and a mentor to many, including AfS Global Leadership Fellow Sol Guerrero, who invited Dr. Janovitz  to Cornell during the fellowship’s executive week. Guerrero recalled that “he supported me in every turn. He was loved by all who had the honor to meet him.  His wisdom and laughter will be sorely missed.”

Sol Guerrero with her mentor, the late Dr. Janovitz.

Dr. Janovitz  graduated from the Faculty of Chemistry of the National Autonomous University of Mexico as a chemist. He received his Master of Science in biochemistry at the Center of Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute and earned his Doctorate in Food Science and Technology from the University of Paris VII in France.

Dr. Janovitz  has over 50 publications, including articles in specialized magazines, manuals, teaching materials, patents and trademarks. He taught 13 courses at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and 24 courses for teachers and industrialists. He participated in over 35 congresses, symposia and various activities and directed several theses at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD levels.

Dr. Janovitz  had more than 30 years of experience as a research and development manager in the baking and confectionery industry. He helped develop more than 80 products and helped fund the Product Solutions Center, which is part of an international network. He was also head scientist and innovation leader in Rich’s Mexico. He conducted multiple technical and consulting activities for other institutions within the food industry, including judging the National Competition in Food Science and Technology.

Dr. Janovitz is survived by his wife, two children and five grandchildren.