Dr. H.M. “Skip” Kingston

Title:  Chemistry Professor
Company: Duquesne University
Location:  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

H.M. Kingston, Chemistry Professor at Duquesne University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in environmental chemical analysis and education.

Following obtaining a Bachelor of Science in chemistry education and a Master of Science in analytical chemistry from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Kingston continued his education with a Doctor of Philosophy in analytical chemistry and environmental science and management from American University in Washington in 1978. Early in his career, in 1974, he patented Speciated Isotope Dilution Mass Spectrometry, an essential tool in determining mercury speciation in soils and sediments, with numerous applications in environmentally-related health and homeland security.

After excelling as a supervisory research chemist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland from 1976 to 1991, since the latter year Dr. Kingston has provided superior education as a professor in chemistry and analytical chemistry with Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. In 2003, he made an impact as chief technical officer with biotechnology firm Applied Isotopes Technologies Inc., where he continues to serve as a scientific advisor. In addition, he founded the Consortium on Automated Analytical Laboratory Systems at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which he headed from 1987 to 1991.

Dr. Kingston’s many honors for his research and professorship include the Kaufman Award in Biology, Chemistry and Physics in 2009, the R&D 100 Award for Invention and Development of Speciated Isotope Dilution Mass Spectrometry  in 1996, the NIST Applied Research Award in 1990, the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal the same year, the Pioneer in Laboratory Robotics Award and the R&D 100 Award for the Development of Chelation Ion Chromatography in 1988, the IR 100 Award for Development of Microwave Dissolution in 1987. In addition, he has been named to the Duquesne University Research Hall of Fame. In the coming years, Dr. Kingston is working on setting up a blood coordination for diagnosis and following medical treatment, as presently blood samples cannot be transported across international boundaries. This would allow firms to take and send blood samples anywhere in the world to help doctors to better diagnose their patients.

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