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.

  • DefaultWinston 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.

  • DefaultCharlotte 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.

  • DefaultDabney Hall

1980s

  • 1988 Jerry Whitten becomes PAMS's third dean

    Chemistry professor Jerry Whitten becomes PAMS's third dean.

  • DefaultDean Whitten (PAMS)

2000s

  • 2004 Fox Science Teaching Laboratory opens

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

  • DefaultMarye Anne Fox Science Teaching Laboratory