Prof. Mary Virginia Orna

Mary Virginia Orna is Professor of Chemistry at the College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY although her professional history includes service in government, not-for-profit institutions and industry. She received her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Fordham University and has lectured and published widely in the areas of color chemistry, archaeological chemistry and history of chemistry.


She hasbeen an invited lecturer to every part of the United States and many countries in Europe, the Middle East, and the South Pacific. She has received various awards among which are the 1989 Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) New York State Professor of the Year, National Gold Medalist Award, the 1989 Merck Innovation Award, the ACS 1999 George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education, the 2008 Henry Hill Award, and the ACS 2009 Award for Volunteer Service ACS. During the academic year 1994–95, she was a Fulbright lecturer in Israel where she taught courses in color chemistry at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design. She is the author or  editor of 16 books in chemical education and the history of chemistry, as well as numerous papers on the same topics.



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