Mark A. Ratner

Mark Ratner

Title: Emeritus Professor of Chemistry
Company:  Northwestern University
Location: Glencoe, Illinois, United States

Mark A. Ratner, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at Northwestern University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the fields of chemistry and higher education.

A professor emeritus of chemistry at Northwestern University, Dr. Ratner has more than 45 years of professional excellence in his areas of expertise. He previously served Northwestern University as a Dow Research Professor from 1988 to 1990, as well as associate dean of arts and sciences from 1980 to 1984. Prior to these engagements, Dr. Ratner acted as assistant professor at New York University from 1971 to 1975. Alongside his professional endeavors, he formerly held the role of consultant with the U.S. Army in Huntsville, AL, from 1973 to 1975 and lecturer at IBM in Yorktown Heights, NY, in 1973. He continues to serve as director of electrochemical industries in Israel and a visiting professor at Rush Presbyterian School of Medicine.

To prepare for his illustrious career, Dr. Ratner sought a formal education, first receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University in 1964, followed by a Doctor of Philosophy from Northwestern University in 1969. He has also earned two honorary degrees from the Technical University of Munich in West Germany in 1971 and Aarhus University in Denmark in 1970.

Passionate about his community, Dr. Ratner has served on the board of directors of the Hillel Foundation since 1984, the board of governors of Tel Aviv University since 1996, and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem since 1996. The contributor of more than 1,000 articles and manuscripts to professional journals, he was the coauthor of “Introduction to Quantum Mechanics and Chemistry,” “Quantum Mechanics in Chemistry,” “Nanotechnology: A Gentle Introduction to the Next Big Idea,” and “Nanotechnology and Homeland Security: New Weapons for New Wars.”

Dr. Ratner maintains affiliation with several professional organizations, including the American Physical Society, the American Chemical Society, the Rumplestiltskin Society, the Danish Academy, the Institute for Advanced Study in Israel, and Sigma Xi. Notably, he is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and former fellow of the A.P. Sloan Foundation.

Interested in his profession from a young age, Dr. Ratner became involved in the scientific field after the launch of Sputnik in 1957. He was subsequently inducted into a STEM program coordinated by scientists at Case Western Reserve University to observe laboratory work and study the sciences. Married to Nancy Ball since 1969, Dr. Ratner is the proud father of two children and enjoys scientific education, canoing, reading poetry, playing the piano, fishing, and hiking in his spare time. Looking toward the future, he aspires to understand the nature of bonding between molecules that are not chemically bonded.

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