Title: Emeritus Professor of Chemistry
Company: Georgetown University
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
Charles F. Hammer, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at Georgetown University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in chemistry and higher education.
A celebrated figure in his industry, Dr. Hammer has accrued more than 30 years of professional excellence in the fields of chemistry and higher education. A professor emeritus of Georgetown University since 1995, he was formerly a professor of chemistry from 1982 to 1995. He rose through the ranks of academia, first serving as an assistant professor to associate professor from 1963 to 1982.
Alongside his professional endeavors, Dr. Hammer has served as director of Hoya New Mexico Schools since 1995. He was a president of the board of The Academy for Technology and the Classics for grades 7-12 in Santa Fe County from 2001 to 2011, as well as a member of the Governing Council for the same academy from 2000 to 2011. He served as a visiting scholar to such institutions as the National Institute of Chemistry in Slovenia, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease with the National Institutes of Health, the College of Chemistry with the University of California, Berkeley, and the Department of Energy and Hydrocarbon Chemical in the Graduate School of Engineering at Kyoto University in Japan.
To prepare for his illustrious career, Dr. Hammer sought formal education, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts from Bowling Green State University in 1955. He followed this accomplishment with a Doctor of Philosophy in organic chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 1959. After serving in the U.S. Air Force for two years, he completed postdoctoral research at Brandeis University. He has since maintained affiliation with several industry-related organizations, such as the American Chemical Society, where he was on the ChemTec Writing Team from 1970 to 1972, The Academy for Technology and the Classics, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Society for Applied Spectroscopy, ASTM International, and Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society.
Dr. Hammer’s achievements include research in chemistry and mechanisms of nitrogen heterocyclics and steroids, bromination-dehydrobromination reactions, structure elucidation of natural products by instrumental methods, 2D-nuclear magnetic resonance, isotope ratio kinetics by mass spectrometry, computer software applications to spectrometric analysis, and synthesis of plant growth hormones and antitumor agents.
In recognition of his exceptional accomplishments, Dr. Hammer was the recipient of the U.S. Navy and MWR Bronze Award from The Academy for Technology and the Classics in 2007 and 2009. Additional accolades he has received include the Newsweek Bronze Award in 2007, the Award for Creative Invention by the American Chemical Society in 1990, the Alan Berman Research Publication Award by NRL Sigma Xi in 1987, and a NIHPD Fellowship for the nuclear magnetic resonance and x-ray crystallography of steroids from Brandeis University from 1961 to 1963.
Attributing his success to his opportunity to receive excellent education at his alma mater, the University of Minnesota, Dr. Hammer has been married to Lois Reel since 1957, and they share one child, Laurence. Notably, Dr. Hammer has been inducted into several editions of Who’s Who publications, including Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the West, and Who’s Who in the World. He has also been named an Industry Leader by Marquis Who’s Who.
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