Title: Research Chemist
Location: Melbourne Village, Florida, United States
Barbara Howell, Research Chemist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in materials engineering.
Dr. Howell fell in love with chemistry while she was in high school. She discovered a chemistry textbook and read through over and over again, finding it fascinating every time. She relates it to the times her father would talk about chemistry when she was a small child and would draw her the sugar molecule formula. These experiences eventually lead her to pursue a career in the field. She first earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota in 1946 and continued at Kansas State University to receive a Master of Science in 1949. Later, in 1964, Dr. Howell earned a PhD from the University of Missouri.
Dr. Howell started her career as an educator at her alma mater, Kansas State University in 1964. She remained in this venture until 1969, where she then became a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Missouri. From 1971 to 1987, she dedicated her time to the National Institute of Standards and Technology as a research chemist. Her next venture, working as a materials engineer for the Naval Surface Warfare Center from 1987 to 1996, is what she considers the highlight of her career. She felt her work was most appreciated there and her division chief was incredibly supportive of her. She is also proud of her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Missouri as she got to work on poly water.
The mentor who motivated and inspired Dr. Howell was David Troutner, who was her research advisor at the University of Missouri. In her career, she has acquired patents and contributed to articles ad professional journals. She served as the president of the Cheical Society in 1983, the president of NBS Sigma Xi in 1980 and as commissioner of the town of Melbourne Village form 2003 to 2017. In 1987, Dr. Howell received the Gordon Award from the Chemical Society. She was also a member of the American Chemical Society.
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