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Isiah M. Warner

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Profession

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

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Thai Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa; Europe
Favorite Quote:
I Am Isiah Warner, And I Am A Country Boy From Bunkie, Louisiana.

Birthplace

Born:
7/20/1946
Birth Location:
DeQuincy, Louisiana

Profession

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

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Thai Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa; Europe
Favorite Quote:
I Am Isiah Warner, And I Am A Country Boy From Bunkie, Louisiana.

Birthplace

Born:
7/20/1946
Birth Location:
DeQuincy
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Biography

Chemistry professor and research chemist, Isiah M. Warner was born in DeQuincy, Louisiana, on July 20, 1946 to Humphrey and Erma Warner. He developed an interest in science and mathematics early on and conducted his first experiment by drinking kerosene to see why it created light. Warner graduated as valedictorian of his class from Bunkie, Louisiana's Carver High School in 1964. Warner's interest in chemistry was ignited after participating in a summer program at Southern University in Baton Rouge during high school. He went on to earn his B.S. degree in chemistry in 1968 from the same intuition, and went to work as a technician for Battelle Northwest, a private company in the state of Washington that contracted with the Atomic Energy Commission. Warner earned his Ph.D. degree in analytical chemistry from the University of Washington in 1977.

From 1977 to 1982, Warner served as assistant professor of chemistry at Texas A&M University. He was the first African American on the chemistry faculty there. After five years, he achieved tenure and was promoted to associate professor. While at Texas A&M, he researched fluorescent spectroscopy. Warner then joined the faculty at Emory University where he was promoted to full professor in 1986. He served as the Samuel Candler Dobbs professor of chemistry from 1987 until 1992. During the 1988-89 academic year, Warner went on leave to the National Science Foundation where he served as program officer for analytical and surface chemistry. In 1992, Warner joined the faculty at Louisiana State University as the Philip W. West Professor of analytical and environmental chemistry and was promoted to chair of the chemistry department, vice-chancellor for strategic initiatives, and Boyd professor. At LSU, Warner focused his research on chiral drugs and natural drug derivatives.

Throughout his career, Warner published over 230 articles in revered journals, has given hundreds of presentations, and is the holder of five patents. In addition to his own speaking and publishing activities, Warner has chaired over thirty doctoral theses and mentored many students. Warner’s awards included the CASE Louisiana Teacher of the Year Award in 2000; the 2000 LSU Distinguished Faculty Award; and the 1997 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring from President Clinton.

Isiah M. Warner and his wife, Della Blount Warner have three children, Isiah, Jr., Edward and Chideha.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Isiah Warner talks about his maternal ancestors
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Isiah Warner talks about his mother and grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Isiah Warner talks about his father's side of the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Isiah Warner talks about his childhood in Bunkie, Louisiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Isiah Warner talks about the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Isiah Warner talks about Carver High School and Elementary School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Isiah Warner talks about his interest in chemistry in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Isiah Warner talks about the atmosphere at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in the 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Isiah Warner talks about segregation laws in high school and college athletics
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Isiah Warner talks about his chemistry professors at Southern University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Isiah Warner talks about campus activism and avoiding the draft
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Isiah Warner recalls how he met his wife
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Isiah Warner talks about his adjustment to an integrated environment at Battelle Northwest
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Isiah Warner talks about his graduate studies at the University of Washington
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Isiah Warner talks about his faculty positions at Texas A&M University and Emory University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Isiah Warner explains his research in fluorescent spectroscopy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Isiah Warner explains his research in chiral drug molecules as a faculty member at Louisiana State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Isiah Warner talks about his initiatives with chemistry students at Louisiana State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Isiah Warner discusses African Americans in chemistry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Isiah Warner responds to a question about entrepreneurship in chemistry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Isiah Warner reflects on his life and shares his hopes for the black community