Department of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

1880s

1889 Department of Chemistry established
10/1889 First Chemistry courses

Courses in chemistry taught when the College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts opens

1890s

1894 First Masters degree conferred

The first masters degree was conferred. Frank Theophilus Meacham was awarded a Master of Science in Chemistry.

1910s

1911 Department of Chemistry moves

The Department of Chemistry moves from Holladay Hall to Winston Hall.

Winston Hall, North Carolina State CollegeWinston Hall, North Carolina State College

1920s

6/7/1927 First degrees conferred to women

The first degrees are conferred to women at NC State. Recipients are Jane McKimmon, B.S. in business administration; Charlotte Nelson, B.S. in education; and Mary Elizabeth Yarbrough, M.S. in chemistry. Yarbrough was the first female graduate to have completed all coursework while at NC State, and she went on to become the first woman to earn a master's degree at NC State.

Charlotte Ruth Nelson portraitCharlotte Ruth Nelson portrait

1930s

1937 Department of Chemistry assignment

The Department of Chemistry is placed under the administration of the School of Agriculture.

1937 Department of Agriculture and Biological Chemistry

Department of Chemistry is renamed the Department of Agriculture and Biological Chemistry.

9/30/1938 Chemistry research

Female chemist J.C. Richmond of State College is awarded a grant to study the Vitamin C content in goat's milk and the presence of nicotinic acid in cow's milk.

1940s

1940 Department of Agriculture and Biological Chemistry relocated

Department of Agriculture and Biological Chemistry relocates from Winston Hall to Withers Hall.

1949 Female faculty increases

Twenty-two women are listed on the faculty, most at the instructor or laboratory technician level. Departments with more than one female member include English (six), Statistics (three), Textiles (three), and Modern Languages (two). Women are also on the faculty in Architecture, Agricultural Economics, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies, Chemistry, Engineering, Research, and Agronomy.

1960s

1960 Department of Chemistry

The Department of Agriculture and Biological Chemistry is renamed the Department of Chemistry.

1960 Department of Chemistry relocated

The Department of Chemistry is transferred from the School of Agriculture to the School of Physical Science and Applied Mathematics.

7/1/1960 School of Physical Science and Applied Mathematics established
9/18/1963 Protective eyewear required in Chemistry labs

All Chemistry lab students must now wear protective eyewear, as voted on by the Chemistry Department, regardless of whether that student otherwise wears glasses.

1969 Department of Chemistry moves

The Department of Chemistry moves from Withers Hall to Dabney Hall.

Dabney HallDabney Hall

1980s

1988 Jerry Whitten becomes PAMS's third dean

Chemistry professor Jerry Whitten becomes PAMS's third dean.

Dean Whitten (PAMS)Dean Whitten (PAMS)

2000s

2004 Fox Science Teaching Laboratory opens

The Fox Science Teaching Laboratory opens, making new undergraduate chemistry lab facilities to students.

Marye Anne Fox Science Teaching LaboratoryMarye Anne Fox Science Teaching Laboratory