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James & Jenny Marshall

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James L. Marshall gained his B.S. in chemistry at Indiana University in 1962, and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry at Ohio State University in 1966. The following year Dr. Marshall joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of North Texas. At UNT he was involved in conformational analysis utilizing carbon-13 nuclear magnetic resonance coupling constants. During the early 1980s Dr. Marshall spent six years at Motorola, Inc., Ft. Worth, where he developed the laboratory facilities for the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Program. In 1987 he returned to the University of North Texas where he conducted materials research; and in the 1990s he initiated research in chemical history. His research at UNT has resulted in over 200 publications, including a reference book on NMR, and several books on the history of chemistry and laboratory chemistry. At UNT Dr. Marshall has served as Director of Industry-University Cooperative Research Center, Director of the Center for Materials Characterization, and Chairman of the Department of Chemistry. Dr. Marshall has served as Chairman of the Dallas-Ft. Worth Section of the American Chemical Society, and during the period 1995-2003 was Managing Editor of The Southwest Retort, an ACS publication of the Southwest Regional. He has served as an ACS national tour speaker for many years. For the past ten years he and his wife (a retired member of the computer technology group of the Denton Texas Independent School District) have been developing an extensive work, "Rediscovery of the Elements," and in 2010 have completed their work and have prepared a DVD describing their travels and the results of their research. Their research was recently reviewed in NATURE (2005, 436(25), 1082-1083) and their work has recently won "Best Paper Award" in the Bulletin for the History of Chemistry (in 2004).

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Rediscovery of the Elements

For the past decade years Jim and Jenny Marshall have been involved in "Rediscovery of the Elements," where they have traveled to the sites where the elements were originally found. These travels take them to old laboratories, mines, universities, museums, ancient buildings and houses -- mostly in Europe, where science was born several centuries ago and where the fundamentals of modern chemistry were developed. In their project Jim and Jenny have traveled and researched elements in over twenty countries in Europe, as well as Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. In their presentation Jim and Jenny will present a brief tour of the types of adventures encountered during this research, spanning countries reaching from Scotland through France to Romania.

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University of North Texas

Dept. of Chemistry - 1155 Union Circle #305070

Denton, TX, United States, 76203

E-Mail: jimm@unt.edu

Home: 940-383-3628

Business: 940-565-3377

Fax: 940-383-3628

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