George Bodner

Arthur Kelly Distinguished Professor, Chemical Education
Courtesy Faculty of Engineering Education
Mailing Addresses
Purdue University
Department of Chemistry
560 Oval Drive
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2084
Office: WTHR 216G
Phone: (765) 494-5313
Fax: (765) 494-0239


Ph.D., Inorganic & Organic Chemistry, Indiana University
B.S., Chemistry, State University of New York at Buffalo

Research Interests

The epistemology of Chemistry
Problem-solving in non-mathematical domains
Application of qualitative research methods
The teaching and learning of Chemistry

Awards, Honors, Achievements, & Memberships

  • Frank D. Martin Teaching Award, Department of Chemistry, Purdue University, 1979-1980; 1985-1986.
  • Sigma Delta Chi "Best of Purdue's Great Teachers Award", Purdue University, 1980-1981
  • AMOCO Foundation Outstanding Teacher Award, Purdue University, 1980-1981
  • Purdue Alumni Foundation "Helping Students Learn Award", 1981-1982
  • Outstanding Teacher in the School of Science Award, Purdue University, 1982-1983
  • Chemical Manufacturers Association Catalyst Award in Chemical Education, 1989
  • Alpha Lambda Delta "Best Freshman Professor" Award, 1989-90 (First recipient of this award at Purdue University)
  • Founding Fellow of the Purdue Teaching Academy, 1997
  • Selected for the "Book of Great Teachers", 1999.
  • Nyholm Medal Chemical Education from the Royal Society of Chemistry, 2003
  • American Chemical Society Pimentel Award in Chemical Education, 2003
  • Clifford C. Furnas Distinguished Alumni Award from the University at Buffalo, 2003