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Richard Arnold

Richard T. Arnold was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, but came to school in Southern Illinois, where he lived as a guest in the old Thompson house (now a depression in the ground in Thompson's Woods just behind the south wing of the Student Center). He received his B.Ed. degree from Southern ...read full profile >>

Fred Banes

Fred Banes was born in Saline County, Illinois to tenant farmers who moved to Christopher where Fred graduated from High School during the depression in 1934. After working in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Illinois and Wisconsin during 1935 and 1936 he entered Southern Illinois Normal University ...read full profile >>

Fred Basolo

Fred Basolo was born in Coello, Illinois. He earned his B.Ed. degree from Southern Illinois Normal University in 1940 and then his M.S and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois in 1942 and 1943. After a three year foray into industry at Rohm & Hass Chemical Co., he became an Instructor in ...read full profile >>

Daryle Busch

Daryle Busch was born in Carterville, Illinois. He earned his B.A. degree from Southern Illinois University in 1951 and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois in 1952 and 1954. Then he joined the Department of Chemistry at The Ohio State University rising through the ranks to Full ...read full profile >>

John Craver

John Kenneth Craver was born in Jonesboro, Illinois, received his B.Ed. in Chemistry and English from Southern Illinois Normal University in 1937, and received his M.S. in Chemistry from Syracuse University in 1938. Immediately, he joined the Monsanto Chemical Company where he specialized in ...read full profile >>

Ray Fuller

A native of Dongola, Illinois Ray W. Fuller earned his B.A. in Chemistry and M.S. in Microbiology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1957 and 1958. He earned his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1961. After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Fuller spent the next two years at the Ft. Wayne State ...read full profile >>

Bob Gower

A native of West Frankfort, Illinois, Bob G. Gower received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Southern Illinois University in 1958 and 1960, respectively, and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1963. Dr. Gower's illustrious industrial career started at Sinclair Oil ...read full profile >>

Willard Harrison

Willard Harrison was born in McLeansboro, Illinois. He received his B.A. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry from Southern Illinois University in 1958 and 1960 and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1964, where he held several Fellowships. Dr. Harrison joined the faculty of ...read full profile >>

Joseph Hoppesch

Joseph P. Hoppesch was born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1943. He graduated from SIUC with a B.A. in Chemistry in 1965, and after a brief graduate study in chemistry, migrated to Chicago where he did graduate work in business and taught gas chromatography and mass spectrometry to chemistry graduate ...read full profile >>

James House

 James E. House A native of Southern Illinois, James E. House grew up in an area now covered by Rend Lake.  He graduated from a one-room elementary school in that area and after graduating from Benton Consolidated High School, he enrolled at SIU where in due course he earned B.S. and ...read full profile >>

Duy Hua

Duy Hua was born in Saigon, Vietnam. He received his Ph.D. from SIU in 1979 under the direction of Dr. Cal Meyers. Originally from Vietnam, Dr. Hua began his studies in Japan at Kyoto University, where he received his undergraduate degree in 1976. Dr. Hua then completed his Ph.D. just 2 years and 11 ...read full profile >>

Carl Jennings

Carl Jennings was born in Equality, Illinois. He earned his B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry from Southern Illinois University in 1967 and 1971. After a Post Doctoral Fellowship at The University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Dr. Jennings joined the GAF Corporation in Binghamton, NY, where he ...read full profile >>

Ray (Juei) Liu

Ray Liu received his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Southern Illinois University in 1976. Dr. Liu joined the faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago as an Assistant Professor in 1977, in 1980 he moved to the Central Regional Laboratory of the EPA in Chicago, and in 1982 to the U.S. Department ...read full profile >>

Marcin Majda

Marcin Majda was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1951 and received his M. Sc. Degree in Chemistry from Warsaw University in 1974. He joined the graduate program in Chemistry at SIUC in 1976 and received his Ph.D. degree in 1980. After a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Illinois, 1980-1982, he ...read full profile >>

William Norwood

A native of Centralia, Illinois, William R. Norwood received his bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University in 1959 and an MBA degree in International Relations from the University of Chicago. While at SIU he was a three-year starter as SIU's first African American quarterback and ...read full profile >>

Wendell O'Neal

Wendell R. O'Neal, Ph.D., DABCC, FACB is a clinical laboratorian with a diverse background in laboratory administration, government affairs, diagnostics marketing and technical operations.  He has held senior management positions in consolidated laboratory systems, hospital ...read full profile >>

Daniel Ostgard

Daniel J. Ostgard received a doctorate degree in 1987 from József Attila Tudományegyetem (József Attila Science University) in Szeged, Hungary under the supervision of Professor Miháy Bartók. This was followed by a Ph.D. at Southern Illinois University at ...read full profile >>

Janusz Pawliszyn

Janusz B. Pawliszyn received his early education in Poland. He earned his B.Sc. in Engineering at the Technical University of Gdansk in 1977, his M.S. in organic chemistry at the same university in 1978, and his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 1982. ...read full profile >>

Leslie Sims

Leslie B. Sims received his B.A. with Honors from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 1958. He then went to the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana and earned his M.S. degree in 1961 and Ph.D. in 1967. Upon completion of his Ph.D., he became an Assistant Professor in the Department of ...read full profile >>

Anamai Singhabhandhu

Anamai Singhabhandhu received her doctoral degree in chemistry in 1974 from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Upon returning to Thailand she carried out research on the reduction of industrial pollutants for the Department of Science in the Ministry of Industry. Her accomplishments ...read full profile >>

Curtis Smith

Curtis W. Smith was born in Omaha, Illinois, January 14, 1918. He earned his B.Ed. degree from Southern Illinois Normal University in 1940 where he worked his way through school by doing odd jobs around campus. After SINU he went on to the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign to earn his Ph.D. ...read full profile >>

Ralph Thompson

Ralph B. Thompson was born in Thompson Woods and grew up in one of two houses (now depressions in the ground) located along the path just west of the south end of the SIUC Student Center. He is a descendant of a prominent Carbondale founding family. His grandfather, Col. Joshua Thompson came to the ...read full profile >>

Charles Wade

Charles G. Wade graduated from SIUC with a B.A. in Chemistry in 1960. After receiving his Ph.D. in 1965 from MIT, he did postdoctoral work at the University of Chicago for three years. Since 1967 he spent the next 13 years on the chemistry faculty of the University of Texas, Austin where his research ...read full profile >>

Jack Wallace

Jack Wallace was born in Harrisburg, Illinois. He earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Chemistry from Southern Illinois University in 1955 and 1957. He earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Microbiology from Purdue University in 1962. Upon graduation, he entered the Air Force and spent three years on ...read full profile >>

John Wettaw

John Wettaw attended the public schools in Eldorado and then graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a B.A. in chemistry in 1961. He obtained his Ph.D. in physical chemistry in 1967 from Michigan State University, working in the laboratory of Dr. Leslie Sims. He then began as a ...read full profile >>

Steven Zullo

In July of 2011, Dr. Zullo joined the team at NIBIB as a Program Director in charge of the Drug and Gene Delivery Portfolio for the Division of Discovery Sciences and Technology. He also represents NIBIB on the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the National ...read full profile >>