Joseph Hornback

  • Biographical Description

    • Web Site: http://www.nsm.du.edu/organic/ Joseph M. Hornback was born and raised in southwestern Ohio. He received a B.S. in Chemistry, magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame in 1965. He then attended the Ohio State University on an NSF traineeship and received his Ph.D. in 1968, working with Prof. Paul G. Gassman. He next moved to the University of Wisconsin at Madison where he worked with Prof. Howard E. Zimmerman on an NIH postdoctoral fellowship. In 1970 he joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Denver where he is now Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry. His research interests are in the areas of synthetic organic chemistry, organic photochemistry, and chemical education. He has served in a number of administrative positions including Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies; Associate Dean for Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering; and Director of the Honors Program. But his first love has always been teaching, and he has taught organic chemistry nearly every term, even when he was in administration. He has received the University of Denver Distinguished Award, the Natural Sciences Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award. He is the author of a well-received textbook, "Organic Chemistry", which is now in its second edition. Joe is married and has three children, two sons and a daughter, and two grandchildren. He enjoys sports and outdoor activities, especially fishing and golf.
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