Isiah M. Warner

Isiah M. Warner was born in DeQuincy, Louisiana on July 20, 1946. At the age of two, he moved to Bunkie, Louisiana and attended Carver Elementary. His interest in science developed when he orally sampled kerosene to determine why it had an odd smell and was able to produce light. At the age of twelve, he received his first chemistry set.

Upon entering Carver high school, Isiah enrolled in every science class available. He graduated valedictorian in June of 1964. During the summer of his senior year he attended a summer institute for chemistry at Southern University, and was then offered a full scholarship to attend that school. He graduated from Southern University with his bachelors’ degree in 1968.

Isiah attended graduate school at the University of Washington. In June of 1977 he graduated, receiving his Ph.D. in chemistry. He became the assistant professor of chemistry at Texas A&M University from 1977 to 1982. He became the associative professor the following year.

In 1986, Isiah was elected to join the faculty of Emory University as an associative professor and then later on a full professor. In September of 1987, he earned the title of “Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Chemistry” until about August of 1992. In July of 2000, Isiah was appointed as “Boyd Professor of Chemistry” and as “Philip W. West Professor of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry.” He soon became chairman of Louisiana State University and was then appointed as vice chancellor for strategic initiates.

Isiah Warner led a full and hearty life. He was a successful black man in America and for that only; he has my utmost respect.

In order to major in chemistry in college, basic high school classes are mandatory. As with most colleges, however, many requirements vary. At some colleges, certain classes are optional while others are mandatory. This list of classes is basic and was found at a non-university site. Yet it provides very valuable information.


Understand ratios, direct proportions, and inverse proportion.

Solve linear and simple nonlinear equations.

Set up word problems.

Identify dependent and independent variables.

Understand the slope and intercept of a line.

Be able to graph data points.

Understand exponentials and scientific notation.

You\'ll need this to understand bonding, molecular models, and crystal structures.

You\'ll need trig for much the same reason as you need geometry. Plus, trig is essential for completing physics.

You have a lot of calculus in your future. Hope you enjoy it!

Physics and chemistry are inseparable. If you major in chemistry, you\'ll still take college physics. If you major in physics, you\'ll take chemistry.

In addition to making college chemistry a bit easier, high school chemistry gives you a taste of what the science is all about. Be sure to master these concepts:

Be able to define atoms, molecules, elements, and compounds.

Be familiar with the periodic table and know the symbols of common elements.

Understand how to read a chemical formula (e.g., H2O).

Know what a \'mole\' us.