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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Chemist
Chemistry Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Rice, Chicken, Green Beans
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Waycross, Georgia
Favorite Quote:
You never could tell what thoughts and actions would do in bringing you hate or love. For thoughts of things will have wings and they will travel like a carrier dove. Each thing must creates it's kind as it travels over the track to bring back whatever is left out of your mind.

Birthplace

Born:
8/22/1926
Birth Location:
Waycross , Georgia

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Chemist
Chemistry Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Rice, Chicken, Green Beans
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Waycross, Georgia
Favorite Quote:
You never could tell what thoughts and actions would do in bringing you hate or love. For thoughts of things will have wings and they will travel like a carrier dove. Each thing must creates it's kind as it travels over the track to bring back whatever is left out of your mind.

Birthplace

Born:
8/22/1926
Birth Location:
Waycross
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Biography

Research chemist and chemistry professor William C. Davis was born on August 22, 1926 in Waycross Georgia to parents Kenice and Laura Jane Davis. In 1941, Davis moved to New York City to live with his brother, Ossie Davis, and attend college. Following graduation from Dwight High School in 1945, Davis attended City College of New York and New York University before enrolling at Talladega College in Florida. Davis left school and briefly served as second lieutenant of engineers in the Korean War. Returning to Talladega College after the War, Davis earned his B.S. degree in chemistry in 1956. Davis went on to earn his M.S. degree in organic chemistry from Tuskegee Institute in 1958 and his Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from the University of Idaho in 1965.

Upon graduation, Davis was appointed research director at Physicians Medical Laboratories. As director, Davis is credited with discoveries leading to or improving numerous amenities, among them the potato chip, the instant mashed potato, soft serve ice cream, and the organic glue that holds together wood-chip and particle board. Davis’ research has been public in academic journals such as, Journal of Medical Technology and European Journal of Pharmacology. From 1974 to 1975, Davis continued research as a visiting scientist at the George Hyman Research Institute in Washington, D.C.; and again between 1976 and 1982 when he was a research associate at the University of Texas Health Science Center. Davis was named full professor of chemistry at St. Philip's College in 1995. In addition he served as chair of the Natural Sciences Department and director of Renewable Energy. When Davis retired in August 2009, he was named professor emeritus of the natural science department; and, the science building at St. Philip's College was named in his honor.

Davis professional and academic affiliations include the American Chemical Society, the Health Physicist Society, the Society of Nuclear Medicine, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His is a recipient of Tuskegee Institute’s George Washington Carver Fellowship, the U.S. Armed Force’s Purple Heart Medal, and was inducted to the Texas Hall of Fame in 2000.

Davis and his wife, Ocia, live in San Antonio, Texas. They have two children: Mark Alan and Cheryl Elise.

William C. Davis was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 1, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of William Davis' interview - part one
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - William Davis lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - William Davis talks about his mother's family background, part 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - William Davis talks about his mother's family background, part 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - William Davis talks about his mother's growing up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - William Davis talks about his mother's interests and educational aspirations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - William Davis talks about his father's family background - part one
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - William Davis talks about his father's family background - part two
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - William Davis talks about his father and his business relationship with Alex Sessoms
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - William Davis talks about his father's education and his grandfather's religious affiliation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - William Davis talks about how his parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - William Davis talks about his parents and his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - William Davis talks about his brother and his father's influence, part 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - William Davis talks about his brother and his father's influence, part 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - William Davis talks about his father's social beliefs
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - William Davis talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - William Davis describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - William Davis talks about his childhood home in Georgia and remembers his Ethiopian family's visits
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - William Davis describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - William Davis talks about his father's business and his attitude towards white people
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - William Davis talks about Fonza Curry's involvement in a plot to kill his father, Kince Davis - part one
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - William Davis talks about Fonza Curry's involvement in a plot to kill his father, Kince Davis - part two
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - William Davis talks about the schools that he and his siblings attended
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - William Davis talks about his grammar school teachers, music, and his principal
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - William Davis talks about his childhood fascination with his father's profession as an herbalist
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - William Davis talks about his favorite grade school teachers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - William Davis talks about his performance in grade school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - William Davis talks about why his high school ended at grade eleven
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - William Davis talks about visiting the Tuskegee Institute
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - William Davis talks about meeting George Washington Carver and his father's interests in plants
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - William Davis talks about his father's cars, Henry Ford, and traveling to Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - William Davis talks about his science instruction at Dasher High School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - William Davis talks about his decision to finish high school in New York and his brother, Ossie Davis' interest in the theatre
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - William Davis talks about his academics and his overall experience at Dwight High School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - William Davis talks about his mentor, Jake Fishman, and his interest in the relationship between science, religion and philosophy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - William Davis talks about his teachers at the City College of New York and his decision to transfer to Talladega College
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - William Davis talks about his experience at Talladega College and being drafted into the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - William Davis talks about his interest in music, his appreciation of Albert Schweitzer, and his experience in Germany
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - William Davis talks about his experience in the U.S. Army and his interest in music
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - William Davis reflects on his experience at Talladega College
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - William Davis talks about his academics and his professors at Talladega College
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - William Davis talks about his mentor, Dr. Clarence T. Mason
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - William Davis talks about one of his peers' views on space colonization
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - William Davis talks about his research and his decision to continue his graduate studies in Idaho, part 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - William Davis talks about his research and his decision to continue his graduate studies in Idaho, part 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - William Davis talks about his journey from Alabama to Idaho
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - William Davis talks about traveling through Utah and his attempt to visit the Mormon Tabernacle
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - William Davis talks about his journey to Washington State University
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - William Davis talks about his experience in Idaho
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - William Davis talks about his research at Washington State University - part one
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - William Davis talks about his research at Washington State University - part two
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - William Davis talks about the research philosophy of scientists
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Slating of William Davis' interview - part two
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - William Davis talks about the space colonization theory and Dr. Wernher von Braun
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - William Davis talks about meeting Albert Schweitzer and his interest in playing the organ
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - William Davis talks about his doctoral research on potatoes
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - William Davis talks about his clinical research at a mail-order laboratory with Dr. Roy M. Chatters
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - William Davis talks about how he became a health physicist and nuclear chemist
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - William Davis talks about his certification in medical technology and his publication on blood tests
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - William Davis talks about the controversy regarding the clinical research at United Medical Labs
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - William Davis talks about the establishment of the Albina Healthcare Center, and his work with the Black Panthers
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - William Davis talks about his professional activities - part one
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - William Davis talks about health care providers
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - William Davis talks about his professional activities - part two
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - William Davis talks about working with Dr. Lehman
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - William Davis talks about working with Dr. Lehman in the hospital setting
  • Tape: 11 Story: 3 - William Davis talks about his interest in teaching and how he was introduced to St. Philips College
  • Tape: 11 Story: 4 - William Davis talks about his research on the psychoactive drug, Valium
  • Tape: 11 Story: 5 - William Davis talks about his professional activities, part 3
  • Tape: 11 Story: 6 - William Davis talks about St. Philips College
  • Tape: 11 Story: 7 - William Davis talks about the demographics of St. Philips College
  • Tape: 12 Story: 1 - William Davis talks about the Penta Water Company
  • Tape: 12 Story: 2 - William Davis talks about the molecular theory and processing of the Penta Water
  • Tape: 12 Story: 3 - William Davis talks about the unique chemical properties of kinetic water
  • Tape: 12 Story: 4 - William Davis talks about presenting his research to the community
  • Tape: 12 Story: 5 - William Davis explains the processes of osmosis, osmotic pressure, and isotonicity
  • Tape: 12 Story: 6 - William Davis talks about the benefits of kinetic water and the tendencies of nature
  • Tape: 13 Story: 1 - William Davis talks about nature, and considers the implications of Hurricane Sandy not destroying churches
  • Tape: 13 Story: 2 - William Davis talks about having a building named in his honor at St. Philips College
  • Tape: 13 Story: 3 - William Davis describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 13 Story: 4 - William Davis reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 13 Story: 5 - William Davis talks about his family
  • Tape: 13 Story: 6 - William Davis reflects upon his life choices and talks about his musical interests
  • Tape: 13 Story: 7 - William Davis talks about how he would like to be remembered