Owen Priest, PhD

Owen Priest began his teaching career by teaching high school chemistry and physics.  After earning his Ph.D. in chemistry he started teaching at the college level and for the past decade has taught organic chemistry at Northwestern University while also serving as the director of the undergraduate organic laboratory program. 

His professional interests include natural products chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry, and green chemistry.  His personal interests also include evolutionary biology and particle physics.

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Sometimes I get frustrated when I see public officials demonstrating their lack of scientific literacy.  Sometimes I get downright annoyed.  In recent memory, a truly annoying demonstration of scie


In 1987, my alma mater hosted a chemist from the University of Sussex named Sir Harold Kroto.  I was fortunate enough to sit in on his lecture which detailed a collaboration between Dr.