Title: Chemistry Professor, Researcher (Retired)
Company: Christian Brothers University
Location: Bartlett, Tennessee, United States
Dr. William J. (Bill) Busler, retired Chemistry Professor and Researcher at Christian Brothers University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in chemistry.
Dr. Busler believes that his interest in science and chemistry began with the dawning of the Space Age in America at the time of his childhood. He was interested in making rockets by mixing chemicals together. Realizing the danger of his activities without proper education, he decided chemistry would be the subject he will study in pursuit of his career. Dr. Busler earned a BS in chemistry cum laude from Christian Brothers College in 1966. He then went on to receive a PhD in physical biochemistry from the University of Tennessee in 1977. While enrolled at the University of Tennessee, Dr. Busler also held the position of teaching fellow from 1968 to 1975.
Dr. Busler is proud of setting up a tutoring program on Saturdays while in high school. He was sick for a period of time that he had to make up for academically. Dr. Busler kept up on his work despite being out of school, so during the days he would have to attend school due to the policy, he had a great deal of free time. He began going around to other classrooms and organizing tutoring sessions for all who wanted to attend on Saturdays. That is when Dr. Busler realized he was more interested in teaching than anything else. He started out as a director of the planetarium at the Pink Palace Museum from 1972 to 1980. He also took on the role of assistant professor of chemistry at Christian Brother College in 1977 and remained with the college until he retired in 2011. During his tenure, Dr. Busler held the roles of associate professor of chemistry, department chairman and professor of chemistry. In 1994, he took on the role of visiting research scientist at Viral Antigens, Incorporated and then in 1996, he became a research scientist, a position he holds to this day.
As a testament to his success, Dr. Busler was listed in the Outstanding Young Men of America in 1979. He has also been inducted as a member of the American Chemical Society, Sigma Xi, and Memphis Astronomical Society, where held positions of president, vice president, treasurer, and director from 1959 to 2017. Furthermore, he has been listed in multiple editions of Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.
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