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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Chemical Physicist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Southern France
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/26/1955
Birth Location:
New Orleans, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Chemical Physicist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Southern France
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/26/1955
Birth Location:
New Orleans
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Biography

Chemical physicist Joseph Salvadore Francisco was born on March 26, 1955 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was raised by his grandparents, Merlin and Sarah Walker in Beaumont, Texas. He graduated from Forest Park High School in 1973. After earning his B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin in 1977, Francisco went on to receive his Ph.D. degree in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1983. Francisco worked as a research fellow at Cambridge University in England from 1983 to 1985, and then returned to MIT where he served as a provost postdoctoral fellow.

In 1986, Francisco was appointed as an assistant professor of chemistry at Wayne State University. He then served at California Institute of Technology as a visiting associate in the Planetary Science Division in 1991, and as a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1993. In 1995, Francisco was appointed as a full professor at Purdue University; and, in 2005, he became the William E. Moore Distinguished Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Chemistry. In addition, Francisco served as a senior visiting fellow in the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Bologna; as a Professeur Invité at the Université de Paris; as a visiting professor at Uppsala Universitet in Sweden; and was chosen as an honorary international chair and professor by National Taipei University in Taiwan.

Francisco co-authored the textbook Chemical Kinetics and Dynamics published by Prentice-Hall and translated later in Japanese. He has also published over 475 peer reviewed publications in the fields of atmospheric chemistry, chemical kinetics, quantum chemistry, laser photochemistry and spectroscopy. Francisco served as editor of the atmospheric and ocean science section of Pure and Applied Geophysics, and on the editorial advisory boards of Spectrochimica Acta Part A, Journal of Molecular Structure: THEOCHEM, and Theoretical Chemistry Accounts, and the Journal of Physical Chemistry.

From 1994 to 1996, Francisco was appointed to the Naval Research Advisory Committee for the Department of Navy. He served as president and board member of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers and the American Chemical Society. President Barack Obama appointed Francisco as a member of the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science from 2010 to 2012. He also served as a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and is an honorary life member of the Israel Chemical Society.

Francisco was elected as a fellow of the American Chemical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Physical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Francisco received the Percy L. Julian Award for Pure and Applied Research, the McCoy Award, the Edward W. Morley Medal, and the Alexander von Humboldt Award. He also received Honorary Doctorate of Science Degrees from Tuskegee University, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the University of South Florida, and Knox College.

Chemical physicist Joeseph Salvadore Francisco was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 28, 2013.

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  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Joseph Francisco describes becoming interested in chemistry
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Joseph Francisco describes working at a pharmacy in junior high and high school
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Joseph Francisco remembers the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Joseph Francisco talks about his high school science fair project pt. 1
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Joseph Francisco describes meeting Dr. Richard Price
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Joseph Francisco describes the mentoring of Dr. Richard Price
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Joseph Francisco talks about the mentoring of John Flannery
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Joseph Francisco describes his lack of college counseling in high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Joseph Francisco describes his decision to attend the University of Texas at Austin
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Joseph Francisco describes how he came to work in Dr. Raymond Davis' Laboratory pt. 1
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  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Joseph Francisco talks about his freshman roommate at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Joseph Francisco describes working in Dr. Raymond Davis' laboratory
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Joseph Francisco describes being selected to spend a summer at Argonne National Laboratory
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Joseph Francisco describes earning the money for a plane ticket to go to Argonne National Laboratory for a summer
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Joseph Francisco describes his involved in research at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Joseph Francisco describes his graduate school search
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Joseph Francisco describes why he chose to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Joseph Francisco talks about his year working for Monsanto
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Joseph Francisco describes the transition from Texas to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Joseph Francisco describes his doctoral program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Joseph Francisco describes working with Robert Gilbert
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Joseph Francisco describes selecting Cambridge University for his postdoctoral fellowship
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  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Joseph Francisco describes becoming interested in atmospheric chemistry pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Joseph Francisco describes becoming interested in atmospheric chemistry pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Joseph Francisco describes his decision to focus on atmospheric chemistry for his independent career pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Joseph Francisco describes his decision to focus on atmospheric chemistry for his independent career pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Joseph Francisco describes discovering the key fragment species of chlorofluorocarbon pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Joseph Francisco describes discovering the key fragment species of chlorofluorocarbon pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Joseph Francisco describes the reaction to his research on chlorofluorocarbon
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Joseph Francisco describes collaborating with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Joseph Francisco talks about the use of lasers in his research
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Joseph Francisco describes the underlining theme of his research
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Joseph Francisco describes the fragment species of chlorofluorocarbon
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Joseph Francisco describes being recruited by Purdue University
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Joseph Francisco describes how he derives research questions
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Joseph Francisco describes how innovation in laser technology has impacted research
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Joseph Francisco reflects on his professional accomplishments
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Joseph Francisco describes revolutionizing the field of computational atmospheric chemistry
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Joseph Francisco talks about dual-use chemistry
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Joseph Francisco talks about his involvement in chemistry education pt. 1
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  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Joseph Francisco talks about STEM curricula in the United States
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Joseph Francisco describes being elected president of the American Chemical Society pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Joseph Francisco describes being elected president of the American Chemical Society pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Joseph Francisco describes his accomplishments as president of the American Chemical Society pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Joseph Francisco describes his accomplishments as president of the American Chemical Society pt. 2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Joseph Francisco describes his next steps
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Joseph Francisco talks about the American Chemical Society
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Joseph Francisco talks about the legacy of Henry Hill in the American Chemical Society
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Joseph Francisco describes the role of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Joseph Francisco describes becoming the president of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Joseph Francisco reflects on his legacy
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Joseph Francisco describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Joseph Francisco describes his photographs