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Gerald R. Van Hecke Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Van Hecke has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the field of academia

Gerald R. Van Hecke has been designated as the Donald A. Strauss professor of chemistry at Harvey Mudd College since 2001.

    CLAREMONT, CA, April 17, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Gerald R. Van Hecke, PhD with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Van Hecke celebrates many years of experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

With more than 50 years of professional experience, Dr. Van Hecke has been designated as the Donald A. Strauss professor of chemistry at Harvey Mudd College since 2001, having previously served as associate dean of administration from 2006 to 2009, professor of chemistry from 1980 to 2001, chair of the chemistry department in 1989, and Camille and Henry Dreyfus Scholar from 1994 to 1996. Additionally, he was a visiting professor of chemistry in the Osaka University Graduate School of Science in 2001 and academic visitor in the department of chemistry at the University of Southampton in 1997.

Before accepting these positions, Dr. Van Hecke served as a university guest researcher in the Chemical thermodynamics Laboratory at Osaka University in Osaka, Japan in 1984 and 1989. His hosts were Professors H. Suga and M. Sorai. Previously, he was a National Academy of Sciences exchange scientist at the Central Institute for Electron Physics in Berlin in 1983. His host was Professor H.D. Koswig. The summer before entering this role, he excelled as a NASA science faculty summer fellow in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA.

In 1980, Dr. Van Hecke was hosted by Professor J. Stecki in the Institute of Physical Chemistry in Warsaw, Poland, as a National Academy of Sciences exchange scientist. In 1977, he was hosted by Professor J. Billard as a visiting researcher of fundamental physics at the University of Lille, France, and by Professor D.M. Small as a visiting researcher of biophysics at Boston University School of Medicine. He began his career as a chemist with the Shell Development Company from 1966 to 1970.

Dr. Van Hecke initially pursued an education at Harvey Mudd College, obtaining a Bachelor of Science, with distinction, in 1961. He continued his studies with a Master of Arts in 1963 at Princeton University. Dr. Van Hecke concluded his academic efforts at Princeton University in 1966, graduating with a Doctor of Philosophy.

A respected voice in his areas of interest, Dr. Van Hecke has been an active leader in his community. A fellow of the American Institute of Chemists, he is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society. The author of many articles published in professional journals, he has further written and edited a number of texts in his areas of expertise. Moreover, Dr. Van Hecke previously excelled as the vice president, the secretary, the treasurer, and the president of the board of governors of the Alumni Association of Harvey Mudd College. He has been recognized by the Alumni Association with the Van Hecke Prize, as an Outstanding Alumnus of the Year and their Lifetime Recognition Award.

Throughout his career, Dr. Van Hecke has been honored for his achievements. A LeRoy Wiley McKay fellow of Princeton University, he earned a Summer National Science Foundation fellowship. Dr. Van Hecke has been featured in numerous publications, including multiple editions of Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who in the West, and Who's Who in the World.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Dr. Gerald Van Hecke has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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