Joseph B. Natowitz has been appointed as a distinguished professor of chemistry at Texas A&M University.

Of course I am extremely pleased by this new appointment," Natowitz said, "and I want to thank those who have made it possible. It is a recognition which honors the extraordinary accomplishments of my former and present research collaborators and of the TAMU Cyclotron Institute staff members as much as it honors me."

Dr. Joseph B. Natowitz, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry

Natowitz joined the Texas A&M faculty in 1967 and is the inaugural holder of the Cyclotron Institute Bright Chair in Nuclear Science. He served as head of the Department of Chemistry from 1982-85 and director of the Cyclotron Institute from 1991 through 2002. He is recognized as one of the world's most prominent nuclear chemists and a leading expert in the field of nuclear reactions.

"I am very pleased that Joe Natowitz has been recognized as a distinguished professor," said H. Joseph Newton, dean of the college of science. "The honor is well-deserved, and we in the college are proud to call him one of our own."

During his tenure on the Texas A&M faculty, Natowitz also has served as a visiting professor and researcher at universities and national laboratories in France, Belgium, Japan and Germany. In addition, he has been affiliated with several prestigious U.S. laboratories, ranging from his initial stint as researcher with New Mexico's Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory in 1973 to his present-day association as a collaborator with Brookhaven National Laboratory.

"Dr. Natowitz sets the standard in the field of nuclear chemistry and has made a significant and long-lasting impact on the department and university with his teaching and research," said Emile A. Schweikert, professor and head of the Department of Chemistry.

A native of Saranac Lake, New York, Natowitz received a bachelor of science in chemistry in 1958 from the University of Florida, where he was a Winn-Lovett Undergraduate Fellow. He also obtained a certificate in meteorology in 1959 from the University of California at Los Angeles. Natowitz then served three years as a lieutenant and staff meteorologist in the United States Air Force prior to earning his doctorate in nuclear chemistry in 1965 from the University of Pittsburgh. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook from 1965-67 before coming to Texas A&M.


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