Roanoke College

Fisher Lecture to Focus on History of Chemistry

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SALEM, Va. —Roanoke College will host an illustrated lecture on the history of chemistry on Friday, April 21 at 3:30 p.m. in Massengill Auditorium.  The event is open to the public and tickets are not required.

Dr. William B. Jensen of the University of Cincinnati will be this year’s Charles H. Fisher lecturer.  Jensen will speak on “An Illustrated Tour of the Oesper Collections in the History of Chemistry.”  He will provide an overview of the newly housed Oesper Collections in the History of Chemistry at the University of Cincinnati.  The collections include a rare book and journal collection, the photo and print collection, the apparatus museum and a restored circa-1900 chemical laboratory and lecture hall. 

The College’s chemistry department established the Fisher lecture series in honor of alumnus Dr. Charles H. “Hap” Fisher ’28, to provide a forum for chemical, educational and related scientific topics for the chemistry and general community.  Fisher’s distinguished career has involved many different roles in industry, government and private life, including chemical pioneer, researcher, inventor, author, education, administrator and public servant.

Roanoke College, the country’s second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 270 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the “best in the Southeast.” Roanoke’s 1,900 students represent 41 states across the U.S. and 25 foreign countries. 

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.