Jan Franklin Branthaver, PhD

Title: Retired Research Chemist
Location: Chatham, Illinois, United States

Jan Franklin Branthaver, PhD, Retired Research Chemist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in mineral structures and chemistry.

Dr. Branthaver was inspired to study chemistry based on the teachings of his high school teacher, Carroll Hall. With this early passion, he continued his academic pursuits to receive a Bachelor of Arts from Millikin University in 1958 and later earned a PhD from North Dakota State University in 1976. In 1964, Dr. Branthaver began working for North Dakota State University as a research aide. He remained in this role until 1976, where he then accepted a position as a research chemist with the Laramie Energy Technology Center. From 1983 until his retirement in 2002, he served as a program manager of the Western Research Institute in Wyoming. In addition to these positions, Dr. Branthaver served with the U.S. Army Reserves from 1959 to 1965.

One of Mr. Branthaver’s highlights of career has been his work with the structure of the mineral called Abelsonite. It is a mineral found in the Green River Formation. Furthermore, he served as the editor of Metal Complexes in Fossil Fuels in 1987 and contributed to more than 90 articles in professional publications. Outside of science-related publications, Dr. Branthaver leveraged his skills and expertise as the Editor of the “Poems and Letters of William Arthur Goss” in 2012. In his career, he maintained professional affiliation with the American Chemical Society and Chatham Railroad Museum Association. Furthermore, his accomplishments were recognized with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

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