Sitting Down With... David Clemmer, Distinguished Professor and Robert & Marjorie Mann Chair of Chemistry, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA.
Frank van Geel | | Interview
What sparked your interest in analytical chemistry?
My dad taught sculpture and art history, so it was natural that my first interests were in the humanities. I started college as a music major, but took some classes in science and math – and I was fascinated. When I learned that you could go to graduate school for free if you studied chemistry, my fate was sealed!
I joined Peter Armentrout’s lab for my PhD to study transition metal ions in gaseous reactions. Coming to science rather late, I lacked much of the background knowledge of my graduate student peers, but Peter and his students soon brought me up to speed. Peter takes real joy in getting things right and he soon instilled that in me.
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