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Albert N. Thompson, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Chemistry Professor
Chemist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Shrimp
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
If you knew the answers, you couldn't call it research.

Birthplace

Born:
10/31/1946
Birth Location:
Columbia, South Carolina

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Chemistry Professor
Chemist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Shrimp
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
If you knew the answers, you couldn't call it research.

Birthplace

Born:
10/31/1946
Birth Location:
Columbia
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Biography

Chemist and chemistry professor Albert N. Thompson, Jr. was born October 31, 1946 to Martha Furgess Thompson and Albert Thompson, Sr. in Columbia, South Carolina, (Richland County). His mother was an elementary school teacher and his father was a college professor. After attending Savannah Kay Elementary and William Miller Jr. High Schools, Thompson attended and graduated from Phillis Wheatley, Sr. High School in Houston, Texas in 1964. He received his B.S. degree in chemistry and his M.S. degree in inorganic chemistry from Texas Southern University in 1973 and 1975, respectively. Thompson served as an instructor of physical science and chemistry at Houston Community College and Texas Southern University between 1974 and 1975. He earned his Ph.D. degree in inorganic chemistry from Howard University in 1979. He then became an assistant professor of chemistry at Fisk University.

Thompson served as an assistant professor of chemistry at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. In 1981, he did a faculty research fellowship at the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks Air Force Base, Texas before being hired as a professor at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. Thompson served as a visiting professor of chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990. In 2011, Thompson earned a promotion to chair Spelman College’s Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Thompson has received funding and co-funding from several research and educational grants from organizations such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), United States Air Force, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of Energy and the United States Army. Thompson has also served as a research and program proposal consultant to the NSF, NASA, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), NIH, Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) and Project Kaleidoscope organizations. A member of the University of Chicago James Franck Institute NSF Materials Research Center Visiting Advisory Committee, Thompson is an advocate for minority student training in science and research careers. He organized and is involved with the American Chemical Society’s sponsored summer research program for Atlanta area high school students, Project SEED.

Thompson is a member of the American Chemical Society Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society and the Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society. He was also featured in an Ebony magazine article on Spelman College. In 2011, he received a distinguished alumni award from the School of Science and Technology at Texas Southern University. Thompson has two children, Amber and Tayloir. He resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

Albert N. Thompson, Jr. was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 20, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Albert Thompson, Jr. discusses his mother's family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Albert Thompson, Jr. discusses his father's family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Albert Thompson, Jr. talks about his father's education and involvement in a Civil Rights lawsuit
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Albert Thompson, Jr. talks about his parents and his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Albert Thompson, Jr. describes his earliest childhood memory of moving to Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Albert Thompson, Jr. explains the Green Book and African American travel
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Albert Thompson, Jr. shares the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Albert Thompson, Jr. talks about the advantages of growing up near Texas Southern University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Albert Thompson, Jr. talks about his father as a professor at Texas Southern University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Albert Thompson, Jr. talks about his social and academic experience in elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Albert Thompson, Jr. discusses his exposure to science and chemistry
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Albert Thompson, Jr. discusses different junior high schools and high schools in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Albert Thompson, Jr. talks about his experience at Phyllis Wheatley High School in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Albert Thompson, Jr. relates his experience with the Civil Rights Movement growing up in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Albert Thompson, Jr. discusses his early college and military experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Albert Thompson, Jr. talks about his mentor Ray Wilson
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Albert Thompson, Jr. talks about Dr. Lloyd Ferguson and his decision to attend Howard University for his Ph.D. degree
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Albert Thompson, Jr. talks about his experience as a doctoral student at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Albert Thompson, Jr. talks about his path to becoming a professor at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Albert Thompson, Jr. describes his experience as a faculty research fellow at the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Albert Thompson, Jr. talks about Spelman College's reputation and his National Science Foundation proposal
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Albert Thompson, Jr. discusses his visiting professorship at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Albert Thompson, Jr. talks about his involvement with minority serving STEM programs
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Albert Thompson, Jr. explains his publication,'Effect of Halogenations of the Nonlinear Optical Properties of Porphyrin and Substituted Porphyrins'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Albert Thompson, Jr. discusses various publication, grants and awards
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Albert Thompson, Jr. discusses Spelman College's 'Ebony Magazine' feature and its resources
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Albert Thompson, Jr. discusses his STEM philosophy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Albert Thompson, Jr. relates his appointment to department chair at Spelman College back to his high school experience in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Albert Thompson, Jr. discusses his vision for Spelman College and his hopes and concerns for African Americans in the STEM fields
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Albert Thompson, Jr. talks about his career legacy and his family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Albert Thompson, Jr. shares how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Albert Thompson, Jr. describes his photos