Title: Small Business Owner
Company: Science Hobbies, Inc.
Location: Matthews, North Carolina, United States
T.D. Burns, Business Owner of Science Hobbies, Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in general science.
Upon the completion of his service in the United States Navy during World War II, between 1944 and 1946, Mr. Burns decided to pursue his fascination with rocks and minerals. After reading an article about the uranium boom in the west during the 1950s, he set up a laboratory in his basement to conduct experiments with his findings and with chemistry as well. Utilizing his self-built telescope and to studied several subjects in-depth, thus deepening his knowledge in astronomy, geology, mineralogy, chemistry, atomic structure, and earth sciences. Eventually, Mr. Burns and his wife gathered $500 and achieved his dream of opening up a science hobby store.
In 1961, he became the co-founder and president of Science Hobbies, Inc., the first retail all-science hobby in America, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The store operated for 22 years, specializing in all things regarding science and scientific hobbies. During this time, Mr. Burns also designed, patented, manufactured, and marketed a model atom teaching device. Moreover, he served as the co-founder and president of Science and Nature Distributors, Inc., one of the first all-science retail products distributors in the United States, in Matthews, in 1983. He went on to invent over 20 other science-related products for retails sales from 1989 until 2003. In a career filled with highlights, he is proud to have pioneered crystal growing kits. In his first year of sales, the product sold over 40,000 units.
A respected voice in the industry, Mr. Burns is the author of the written works, “A Matter of the Heart,” “Rocks and Minerals Coloring Book,” “Exploring Atomic Structure by Building Model Atoms,” “3-D Photography with A Single Lens Camera,” and “Establishing America’s First All-Science Hobby Shop with Only $500.00,” among others. For his accomplishments in the field, he has been honored with the “T.D. Burns Recognition Day,” at the Hamptons B. Allen Library in his hometown of Wadesboro, North Carolina, by the Association of Retired Teachers in recognition of his publications. Additionally, Mr. Burns has been recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International as well as other local organizations. An exceptional Marquis listee, he was presented the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.
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