Alan Tonelli born in Chicago in 1942, received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kansas in 1964 and a PH.D. in Polymer Chemistry from Stanford in 1968, where he was supervised and mentored by the late Professor Paul J. Flory. Alan was a member of the Polymer Chemistry Research Dept. at AT&T-BELL Laboratories, Murray Hill, N. J. for 23 years. In 1991 he joined the Textile Engineering, Chemistry, & Science Dept. and the Fiber and Polymer Science Program in the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, where he is currently the INVISTA Prof. of Fiber & Polymer Chemistry. His research interests include the conformations, configurations, and structures of synthetic and biological polymers, their determination by NMR, and establishing their effects on the physical properties of polymers. The formation, study, and use of cyclodextrin inclusion complexes and rotaxanes formed with polymers and small molecule guests to nanostructure and safely deliver biologically-active molecules to polymer materials has been a more recent research focus. Recently his research team has been combining NMR and electrical birefringence (Kerr-Effect) observations to begin to determine the longer range microstructural elements of synthetic polymers.