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Paying Tribute to “Doc”

Nicholas Snow, Professor, Seton Hall University.

I cannot begin to enumerate the impact that Harold McNair has had on my own career and that of so many other scientists. In short, I owe everything to him. I started in his group with no knowledge of chromatography. He took me under his wing, even taking the time to personally teach me how to manually inject and how to pack, install and evaluate a column. He loves students and he loves the fundamentals.

My first read in chromatography was his book, Basic Gas Chromatography, first published in 1964 at Varian (four editions, two follow up editions with Wiley, 130,000 English copies sold and published in seven other languages) which represents the single most important contribution to gas chromatography (and chromatography in general) becoming a widely used technique. Basic GC advanced chromatography from the realm of the specialists and made it accessible to practitioners. Numerous authors later attempted and published similar texts for various chromatographic techniques, though none have been as successful, effective or as widely read. How many other instrumental techniques would have benefitted from a Basic GC-like book during their early development?

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About the Authors

Kevin Schug

Kevin Schug is Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry, University of Texas Arlington, USA.

Nicholas Snow

Nick is professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and director of the Center for Academic Industry Partnership at Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, USA. He teaches advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in analytical chemistry and separation science. He has been recognized twice by the Seton Hall University Board of Regents for outstanding teaching and service to students. He maintains an active research group with projects involving rapid separations of complex mixtures, multidimensional separations, sampling techniques for chromatography, gas chromatography, and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. He is especially interested in working with industrial and private partners in solving difficult analytical problems.

Vince Remcho

Vince Remcho is Oregon State University’s Patricia Valian Reser Faculty Scholar, Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Materials Science. He holds adjunct appointments in Biochemistry & Biophysics and Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering. His research group works at the interface of science and engineering to design, fabricate ad optimize microscale analytical instruments and chemical reactors. These systems are applied in biochemical, environmental, and nanomanufacturing problem solving. Research support has come from NIH, DOE, NSF, the Air Force, Army and Naval Research Laboratories, the W.M. Keck Foundation and the Murdock Charitable Trust. He is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, was recognized with the Milton Harris Award for Research Excellence (2010),is a Fellow of AAAS (2014), was elected Oregon Scientist of the Year (2015), and has been recognized for teaching excellence. He received his BS (Biochemistry, 1989) and PhD (Chemistry, 1992) from Virginia Tech, where he worked with Harold M. McNair. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Utah and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory working with J. Calvin Giddings and Nathan E. Ballou.

Chris Palmer

Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Montana.

Lee Polite

President and Laboratory Director, Axion Analytical Labs; Axion Training Institute.

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