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Albert N. Thompson Jr. Recognized for 37 Years of Shaping Future Scientists

April 2018

Chemistry Professor Albert Thompson When Albert N. Thompson Jr., Ph.D., arrived at Spelman College to teach chemistry in 1981, the Department of Chemistry was only in its third year. Interested in joining a growing chemistry department, Dr. Thompson was also very attracted to the opportunity at Spelman because it would afford him an opportunity to teach and mentor future scientists.

“What has kept me so engaged in my work is the number of students who choose to pursue their Ph.D. in chemistry after participating in projects such as researching the effects of acid rain in Atlanta, which had implications for the current issue of climate change,” said Dr. Thompson, chair of the Science and Mathematics Division and professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

“It has been very rewarding to teach at Spelman College,” said Dr. Thompson who will be honored at a retirement party on April 25.

Dr. Thompson earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemistry from Texas Southern University, and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Howard University.  He previously held faculty positions at Texas Southern University, Houston Community College, Fisk University and Fayetteville State University. He has done post-doctoral research at USAF School of Aerospace Medicine in San Antonio, Texas, and was a visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990.

Retirement Celebration

As he prepares to retire, Provost Sharon L. Davies, J.D., invites the Spelman community to a celebration for Dr. Thompson on April 25, from 2 p.m.- 4 p.m., in Manley. RSVP