James Bohning - Former Director of Oral History of the Chemical
B.S. Chemistry - 1956
| New York University
M.S. Chemistry - 1959
| Northeastern University
Ph.D. Physical Chemistry - 1965
1995 - 1998
|| Science Writer, American Chemical Society News Service
1990 - 1995
|| Director of Oral History, Chemical
|1996 - 1997
|| Editorial Advisory Board, Centennial
History Project, Dow Chemical Corporation
1987 - 1990
|| Chair, Department of Environmental Science,
1970 - 1986
|| Chair, Department of Chemistry, Wilkes
1959 - 1990
|| Professor of Chemistry (Now Emeritus),
||Visiting Research Scientist,
Jim is a historian of chemistry and has taught Lehigh
students scientific writing skills under the auspices of the CESAR
program. His students recently completed research posters on 19th
Century Chemistry at Lehigh. The main focus of Dr. Bohning's work
at Lehigh is the history/biography of Eckley Brinton Coxe. Coxe was a board member at Lehigh, the founder of the American Institute of
Mining Engineers and a coal baron with unusual interests in science and
"Integration of Chemical History into the
Chemical Literature Course," Journal of Chemical Information
and Computer Sciences, 24 (1984): 101-107.
"Hoyt C. Hottel: MIT's Combustion and
Solar Energy Pioneer," Chemical Engineering Progress, 84
"The 1893 World's Congress of Chemists: A
Center of Crystallization in a Molecular Melange," Bulletin
for the History of Chemistry, No. 3 (1989): 16-21.
"Stones That Burn: The Origins of
Anthracite in the Wyoming Valley," The Wilkes College
History of the Wyoming Valley Lecture Series: An Anthology
(Wilkes-Barre, PA: The Wilkes College Press, 1989): 63-84.
"Live Guinea Pigs and Dead Cylinders: Roy
Plunkett and the Discovery of Teflon," Today's Chemist at
Work, 1, No. 1 (1992): 62-64.
The First Century of Chemical Engineering: A
Timeline Of Discoveries and Achievements (Philadelphia: Chemical
Heritage Foundation, 1993). Edited and produced by Frances Kohler
and designed by Sylvia Barkan.
"Gerhard Herzberg," "Herbert A.
Hauptman," "Jerome Karle," and "Rudolph A.
Marcus," in Laylin K. James, ed. Nobel Laureates in
Chemistry, 1901-1992 (Washington DC: American Chemical Society,
1993); 525-531, 674-677, 678-685, 766-771.
"An American Mecca: A Legacy of Joseph
Priestley to American Chemistry," Proceedings and Addresses
of the Northumberland County Historical Society
, 32 (1994):
"The Chemical Revolution,"
International Historic Chemical Landmark, Paris, France (Washington
DC: American Chemical Society, June 1999).
"The Discovery of Helium in Natural
Gas," International Historic Chemical Landmark, Lawrence,
Kansas (Washington DC: American Chemical Society, April 2000)
"Aaron Ihde: A Life on Bascomís
Hill," Bulletin for the History of Chemistry, No. 26
(2001) : 3-14.