Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: Guilford College
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
David MacInnes, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Guilford College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in physical inorganic and material chemistry.
Dr. MacInnes is honored for professional longevity in the field of science education and came into this line of work due to the influence of one of his high school teachers. With this influence, and the encouragement from his father who was an engineer, Dr. MacInnes pursued the field in his own academic pursuits. He first earned a Bachelor of Arts from Earlham College in 1965 before receiving a Master of Arts and a PhD from Princeton University in 1970 and 1972, respectively. He started working as a chemistry teacher in 1970, first at the Westtown School in Pennsylvania. After receiving the PhD, he began teaching at Guilford College, which he remained at throughout his career until his retirement, and attaining emeritus status in 2011.
When Dr. MacInnes first started at Guilford College, he taught as an assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 1982, and achieved the ranking of full professor in 1991. In addition to teaching there, he as a visiting professor at Simon Fraser University, a visiting associate chemist at Brookhaven National Laboratory and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Philadelphia. In his spare time, Dr. MacInnes remains active in the science community as a volunteer at the local science center and aquarium.
While there are many highlights Dr. MacInnes can point out in his career, he is most proud of being granted the Lindbergh Foundation Fellowship for research in his field. As part of this fellowship, he was flown out to San Diego to speak to 3,000 people in attendance and was sat at a table with Buzz Aldrin, the mayor of San Diego and a congressman of California. He is also proud of all of his research students. All of these students received a doctorate. Furthermore, Dr. MacInnes has eight patents in the field and contributed to research that aided in a Nobel Prize.
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