C. W. Kern, Ph.D.

Title: Professor Emeritus of Chemistry
Company: Northwestern University
Location: Fort Myers, Florida, United States

C. W. Kern

C. W. Kern, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at Northwestern University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in chemistry and higher education.

Utilizing more than three decades of industry experience, Dr. Kern is an esteemed figure in the fields of science and education. Holding the title of professor emeritus of Northwestern University since 1998, he previously served as a professor of chemistry at the university from 1992 to 1998, vice president of research and graduate studies from 1993 to 1998, and vice president of research and dean of the Graduate School from 1992 to 1993. Prior to these illustrious roles, he served the Ohio State University as a dean and professor of chemistry beginning in 1986. In addition, he spent a significant amount of time with the National Science Foundation in Washington, DC, in such roles as deputy director of the division of chemistry, acting director of the division of chemistry, program director of structural chemistry and thermodynamics, acting section head of physical chemistry and chemical dynamics, senior staff associate and computer science research network project director in the division of mathematics and computer science, and program director of theoretical chemical physics in the division of chemistry.

Dr. Kern holds a Bachelor of Science from the Carnegie Institute of Technology and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Minnesota. He subsequently served as a postdoctoral fellow in chemical physics at Columbia University from 1961 to 1963. Delving into chemistry from a young age, he built a laboratory in his basement in his youth, having been given laboratory equipment from a man in charge of research at a local rendering plant. A prolific author, he has contributed myriad articles to professional journals and served as a longtime associate editor of Chemical Physics Letter for 14 years.

A member of the American Chemical Society, Dr. Kern has been highlighted in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in the World. However, the highlight of his career was when he studied the cryomechanical origin of the internal rotation barrier of the molecule Ethane, which was an issue that was unsolved for 25 years.

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