Title: Chemistry Professor
Company: The University of Texas at Austin
Location: Austin, Texas, United States
Jonathan L. Sessler, Chemistry Professor at The University of Texas at Austin, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in science education.
Hailing from a family of academics, Dr. Sessler knew that he, too, wanted to work in the field of academia. He earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of California Berkeley in 1977, a PhD from Stanford University in 1982, assumed employment with the University of Texas at Austin in 1984. He held the role of assistant professor until 1989, when he advanced to associate professor. Dr. Sessler became a full professor in 1992 and in 2001, he earned the title Doherty-Welch chaired professor until his retirement in 2015. In addition to these roles, Dr. Sessler has served as an adjunct professor at the University of California Santa Barbara and has been a visiting professor at the University of Southampton in England, both since 2006, and holds a membership with the American Chemical Society and the Royal Society of Chemists.
The highlight of Dr. Sessler’s career was inventing the class of molecules called expanded porphyrin which in his view was the start of a new field in academics. Other achievements include contributing over 750 papers to professional journals and obtaining patents for Texaphyrin, Sapphyrin, Calixpyrrole and for 75 other related inventions. As a testament to his success, Dr. Sessler earned the C. David Gutsche Award in 2019, the Senior Scientist Award from the Japanese Society for Promotion of Science, in 2004 and 1992 and the Izatt-Christiansen Award in 2001, among awards. He also appears in the 36th and 37th editions of Who’s Who in the South and Southwest as well as in the 61st and 62nd editions of Who’s Who in America. Among all his accomplishments, Dr. Sessler is proud to be a three-time cancer survivor and lives by the mantra, “I’m alive— it’s a good day.”
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