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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Chemist
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken, Stir Fry Vegetables, Rice, Salads
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
California
Favorite Quote:
To Everything, There Is A Season.

Birthplace

Born:
8/31/1942
Birth Location:
Los Angeles, California

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Chemist
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken, Stir Fry Vegetables, Rice, Salads
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
California
Favorite Quote:
To Everything, There Is A Season.

Birthplace

Born:
8/31/1942
Birth Location:
Los Angeles
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Biography

Chemist, artist, and author Grant D. Venerable was born on August 31, 1942 in Los Angeles, California. After receiving his B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1965, Venerable enrolled at the the University of Chicago and graduated from there with his M.S. degree in physical chemistry in 1967, and Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry in 1970. He completed the research for his doctoral dissertation as a Resident Research Associate in the Radiation Chemistry Section of the Argonne National Laboratory. Upon graduation, he was awarded the United States Atomic Energy Commission Fellowship for postdoctoral studies in radiation biology at UCLA’s Laboratory of Nuclear medicine.

In 1971, Venerable was appointed as a high school chemistry and biology instructor with the Duarte Unified School District. He then taught chemistry at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo from 1972 to 1978, and the University of California, Santa Cruz in Oakes College from 1978 to 1980. During the 1980s, he was as a systems scientist in the Silicon Valley industry. From 1982 to 1989, Venerable served as the executive vice president of Omnitrom Associates while simultaneously serving as a partner in the Coral and Courtland Groups. From 1992 to 1999, he was president and CEO of Ventek Software, Inc. Venerable has also consulted for several other California companies including Banks Brown, Inc.

From 1989 to 1996, he served on the faculty at San Francisco State University in the College of Ethnic Studies where he developed and taught a new field blending history of science and ethnic studies. Venerable was also integral to the development of the “Step To College.” In addition, Venerable served at Chicago State University as the Associate Provost and as a professor of chemistry and African American studies (1996-1999), at Morris Brown College as the Dean of Faculty, interim Dean of the College, Provost, and professor-at-large of science and civilization (1999-2002), as chair of the Council of Chief Academic Officers for the Atlanta University Center (1999-2002), and as the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs (2010-2011) and the Vice President for Academic Affairs (2002-2010) at Lincoln University (Pennsylvania). He held adjunct teaching appointments at the California Institute of Integral Studies in the MBA degree program in information and technology, and in the chemistry departments of Laney College of Oakland and California State University, Los Angeles.

His publications include six books, forty commissioned oil paintings on molecular structure, dozens of academic articles and editorials in such places as the San Francisco Examiner and the Wall Street Journal. Venerable’s honors and awards include the National Educational Leadership Award from the JGT Foundation, the Step To College Distinguished Teaching Award from San Francisco State University, the California Alliance for Arts Education Outstanding Achievement Award, and the Alpha Chi Sigma Chemistry Fraternity Molecular Art Appreciation Award, and the Distinguished Teaching Award of Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo.

Grant D. Venerable, II was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 9, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Grant Venerable lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Grant Venerable describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Grant Venerable describes his maternal family's migration to Kansas and later to California
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Grant Venerable talks about his mother's life in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Grant Venerable talks about his mother's education and employment in Los Angeles, California, and the Sugar Hill neighborhood in Los Angeles
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Grant Venerable describes his father's family background - part one
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Grant Venerable describes his father's family background - part two
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Grant Venerable discusses his paternal family's cultural lineage, and the name "Venerable"
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Grant Venerable talks about his father's education in Kansas City, Missouri and San Bernardino, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Grant Venerable describes his father's experience attending college in California - part one
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Grant Venerable describes his father's experience attending college in California - part two
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Grant Venerable describes his father's trip to Chicago to meet chemist, Lloyd Hall
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Grant Venerable describes how his parents met and married in the late 1930s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Grant Venerable talks about his father's career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Grant Venerable describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Grant Venerable talks about his siblings, his mother's death, his step-mother, Ida Walls Lee, and his paternal aunt, Neosho Venerable Tatum
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Grant Venerable describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Grant Venerable talks about the neighborhood where he grew up in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Grant Venerable describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Grant Venerable talks about attending Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Grant Venerable describes his experience in elementary school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Grant Venerable talks about learning music, his interest in painting, and his lack of race consciousness as a young boy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Grant Venerable reflects upon the murder of Emmett Till in 1955, and its influence on his racial consciousness - part two
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Grant Venerable reflects upon the murder of Emmett Till in 1955, and its influence on his racial consciousness - part two
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Grant Venerable describes his early interest in science
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Grant Venerable talks about his scientific curiosity in high school and college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Grant Venerable describes his experience in high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Grant Venerable talks about his teachers in high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Grant Venerable talks about his leadership roles in high school and his relationship with James S. Cantlan at Pacific Telephone
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Grant Venerable talks about his experience as a senior in high school, and about applying for college
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Grant Venerable talks about his mentors at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - part one
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Grant Venerable talks about his mentors at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - part two
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Grant Venerable describes how he created oil paintings based on chemical molecules
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Grant Venerable talks about hearing prominent political and cultural figures speak at UCLA and in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Grant Venerable talks about meeting historian, John Hope Franklin, at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Grant Venerable reflects upon the Civil Rights Movement and the socio-political climate in the United States in the 1960s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Grant Venerable describes his decision to pursue graduate studies at the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Grant Venerable talks about the African American scientists who graduated from the chemistry department at the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Grant Venerable describes his experience as a graduate student at the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Grant Venerable talks about organic, inorganic and physical chemistry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Grant Venerable talks about his master's degree advisor, Mark Inghram, at the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Grant Venerable describes his doctoral dissertation research at Argonne National Laboratory
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Grant Venerable describes his doctoral dissertation research and its implications
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Grant Venerable talks about the Manhattan Project
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Grant Venerable talks about his postdoctoral work at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Grant Venerable talks about his involvement in the Black Students Alliance at the University of Chicago in the 1960s
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Grant Venerable talks about his experience looking for university faculty positions in 1971
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Grant Venerable describes his experience at Duarte High School and his recruitment to California Polytechnic State University