David M. Hercules, PhD

Title: Centennial Professor Emeritus, Consultant
Company: Vanderbilt University
Location: Nashville, Tennessee, United States

David Hercules, Consultant and Centennial Professor Emeritus at Vanderbilt University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientist for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the fields of chemistry and higher education.

Dr. Hercules started his higher education at Juniata College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in 1954. He continued his studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he earned a PhD in analytical chemistry in 1957. After working as an assistant professor at Lehigh University for a few years, Dr. Hercules returned to his alma mater, working as an associate professor at Juniata College from 1960 to 1963. He then became an assistant professor at MIT, where he rose to the rank of associate professor before his departure in 1969. Dr. Hercules worked as a professor at the University of Georgia until 1976, then started as a chemistry professor at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1990, he became a Miles professor at the University of Pittsburgh, and in 1995, he began his career at Vanderbilt University, working as a department chair and centennial professor. In 2007, he took on the role of centennial professor emeritus.

In addition to his work as a chemistry educator, Dr. Hercules worked for a variety of professional and research organizations. From 1964 to 1976, he was a member of the visiting scientist program at the National Science Foundation. He has been a member of the International Conference of Chemiluminescence, the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, and the Gordon Research Conference on Analytical Chemistry. For his work as a chemist and educator, Dr. Hercules was recognized with the Benedetti-Pichler Award from the America Microchemistry Society, the Achievement in Analytical Chemistry Award from the Easter Analytical Symposium, and the President’s Distinguished Research Award from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Society of Applied Spectroscopy, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences. As a testament to his success and stature, Dr. Hercules was featured in multiple editions of Whos’ Who in the South and Southwest, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in American Education, and Who’s Who in America.

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