Jack Saltiel, PhD

Title: Professor of Chemistry
Company: Florida State University
Location: Tallahassee, Florida, United States

Jack Saltiel, Professor of Chemistry at Florida State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in chemistry.

A Holocaust survivor, Dr. Saltiel learned early in his life that knowledge and education are two of the most important things in the world. His mother would often remind him that anything could be taken from him but what’s in his head, and would thus encourage him to pursue the highest level of education possible so he would not ever have to start over like she did. When she recommended he become a scientist, the idea resonated with him. Dr. Saltiel proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Arts from Rice University in 1960 and a PhD from the California Institute of Technology in 1964, jumpstarting a long career in chemistry. His main research focus over the past 58 years has been on the photochemistry detail mechanism of how molecules use the energy of light and their core reaction. This research is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Saltiel spends time passing his knowledge on to future generations. He has been a professor of chemistry at Florida State University since 1965 and was previously the associate chair of graduate studies at the school and a lecturer at the Robert A. Welch Foundation. Additionally, he connects with the chemistry field through his affiliation with organizations like The Inter-American Photochemistry Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the European Photochemistry Association. In 2018, the American Chemical Society honored his efforts with the Josef Michl Photochemistry Award, and in 2016, the American Society for Photobiology Conference honored him with the Jack Saltiel Symposium.

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