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John H. Hall, Jr.

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Profession

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

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Paella
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Barcelona, Spain
Favorite Quote:
I Am The Master Of My Fate. I Am The Captain Of My Soul.

Birthplace

Born:
9/24/1946
Birth Location:
Birmingham, Alabama

Profession

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

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Paella
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Barcelona, Spain
Favorite Quote:
I Am The Master Of My Fate. I Am The Captain Of My Soul.

Birthplace

Born:
9/24/1946
Birth Location:
Birmingham
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Biography

Chemist and academic administrator John H. Hall, Jr. was born on September 24, 1946 to Mary Emma Hall and John H. Hall, Sr. He attended Morehouse College to receive his B.S. degree in chemistry with honors in 1969. With a scholarship for continued studies in chemistry, Hall then began his graduate studies at Harvard University. Hall worked with his research advisor, William N. Lipscomb, to better understand the nature of chemical bonds in boranes through electron orbital calculations. Lipscomb’s work in borane structure earned him the 1976 Nobel Prize in chemistry. Hall graduated from Harvard University with his Ph.D. degree in theoretical computational chemistry in 1974.

Pursuing post-doctoral research work, Hall worked with Dr. William Guillory to develop models of mechanisms of the photolytic reactions occurring to deplete the ozone in the atmosphere during the 1970s. In 1979, Hall became an associate professor of chemistry at Morehouse College and senior research scientist at the School of Geophysical Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he continued his research in atmospheric chemistry. Hall continued to study the chemical compounds and reactions of the stratosphere, including the chlorine and fluorine nitrate series, and the vibrational spectra of nitrate geometric isomers. His later work also focused on the effect that high concentrations of these highly-reactive compounds on human health, particularly low-income populations.

Hall served as a consultant for Innovations International, Inc., a company started by William Guillory that specialized in organizational development. He also served as the associate vice president for research at The Ohio State University for seven years before returning to Morehouse College in 2001 as chair of the department of chemistry. Hall was later named the Bruce Raneur Professor of Natural Sciences at Morehouse College, where he has published numerous academic papers on physical and atmospheric chemistry. Hall and his wife, Susan Hall, also started Transformational Consultants International, Inc., where they specialized in improving workplace productivity and diversity. Hall's wife, Susan, passed away in 2008.

John Hall was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 14, 2011.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of John Hall's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - John Hall shares his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - John Hall talks about his mother's side of the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - John Hall talks about his mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - John Hall talks about his father's side of the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - John Hall talks about his father as the bread winner
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - John Hall discusses his parents' mixed-race marriage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - John Hall shares memories from his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - John Hall talks about his father in the meatpacking industry
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - John Hall describes his childhood in Atlanta
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - John Hall describes his family life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - John Hall talks about his involvement in music during the early days of rock and roll
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - John Hall describes his elementary school experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - John Hall talks about his lack of interest and in his formal schooling
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - John Hall talks about his interest in science
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - John Hall talks about finishing high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - John Hall reflects on his decision to major in chemistry at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - John Hall explains his decision to go to Harvard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - John Hall explains how Henry McBay influenced his decision to study chemistry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - John Hall talks about Morehouse College's approach to teaching chemistry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - John Hall talks about playing semi-pro baseball while at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - John Hall talks about his professors at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - John Hall discusses civil rights activity in Atlanta
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - John Hall talks about he and his family's involvement in civil rights activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - John Hall talks about his transition from Morehouse College to Harvard University for graduate school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - John Hall talks about his study group at Harvard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - John Hall talks about the scientists he met at Harvard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - John Hall talks about his enzymology course at Harvard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - John Hall talks about his research focus in theoretical chemistry at Harvard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - John Hall talks about his publications
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - John Hall describes the formation of the National Organization for Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - John Hall explains his joint work with William Lipscomb in chemical bonding
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - John Hall talks about his Ph.D. dissertation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - John Hall recalls William Lipscomb's 1976 Nobel Prize
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - John Hall explains his post Ph.D. path
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - John Hall talks about his studies of the ozone layer
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - John Hall talks about his work at the University of Utah and Georgia Tech
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - John Hall talks about his experience as a part-time professor at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - John Hall recalls his summer fellowship at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Cal Tech
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - John Hall talks about his marriages
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - John Hall describes his 1982 trip to China
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - John Hall describes his role in establishing a research computing facility at the University of Atlanta Center
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - John Hall discusses Atlanta's golden age
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - John Hall describes his 1984 paper on chlorine nitrate
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - John Hall talks about his NSF report on the development of research at minority institutions
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - John Hall discusses the development of research at minority institutions
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - John Hall talks about being director of academic and research computing for the Atlanta University Center
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - John Hall discusses the development of computer technology
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - John Hall talks about his promotion at Georgia Institute of Technology and his summer at Rice University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - John Hall talks about his work as a consultant at Innovations International
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - John Hall responds to a question about his time at Ohio State University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - John Hall explains his 2001 return to Morehouse College and the city of Atlanta
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - John Hall talks about his shift in research at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - John Hall discusses his research on the behavior and expression of individual people
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - John Hall talks about the future of his research at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - John Hall discusses his hopes and concerns for the African American community today
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - John Hall reflects on his life's accomplishments
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - John Hall talks about his family members and how he would like to be remembered