Gary W. Earl, PhD

Title: Professor
Company: Augustana University
Location: Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States

Gary W. Earl, PhD, Professor at Augustana University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators and Scientists for dedication, achievements and leadership in education.

Inspired to pursue his field by a former mentor, Dr. Earl is retired, having served Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as an associate professor and chair of the chemistry department from 1994 to 2011. He began his professional career at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, serving as an assistant professor in chemistry from 1969 to 1973 and associate professor and chair from 1973 to 1976. He then served as a senior research chemist at Ashland Chemical Co. from 1976 to 1979 and group leader at Sherex Chemical Co. from 1979 to 1991, both in Dublin, Ohio. Prior to the start of his career, Dr. Earl pursued a formal education at Augustana University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry in 1962. He then attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where he attained a PhD in organic chemistry in 1968.

A skilled writer, Dr. Earl co-authored one book “Cationic Surfactants” in 1990 and has contributed myriad articles to professional journals. He also holds 10 U.S. patents and one international patent, for which he received the Orrin Loftus Award. Likewise, he maintains involvement with three organizations related to his field. In light of his accomplishments, Dr. Earl received the Lofthus Award between 2004 and 2007, and the Niebuhr Teaching Award from Augustana University in 2008. An Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, he was selected for inclusion in the 56th and 57th editions of Who’s Who in America. He aspires to leave a legacy as someone who really wanted to push people to do their very best and to not accept anything but perfection.

What separates Dr. Earl from others is that, in both places that he taught, the quality of his colleagues was very high and challenging. His favorite task was the interaction with people; it was really fun to work with them. It is also fun to see where they go when they graduate and you follow them for some years, seeing where they go and with so much success. Dr. Earl attributes his success to his mentors, Prof. Nathan Kornblum, Carl Seifert and Dr. Damien Fair.

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