Biography of Isiah M. Warner, Ph.D.


Dr. Isiah Warner was born in DeQuincy, Louisiana in 1946. He acquired an interest in science at two years old when he orally ingested kerosene to determine why this funny smelling liquid was able to produce light. After a stay in the hospital, Dr. Warner put his science experiments on hold until the age of twelve when he received his first chemistry set. From that moment on, he knew he wanted a career in science.

In 1964, Dr. Warner graduated Valedictorian from Carver High School in Bunkie, Louisiana. He graduated Cum Laude from Southern University with a B.S. Degree in Chemistry in 1968. After working in Washington for five years, he attended graduate school at the University of Washington, receiving his PhD in Chemistry in June 1977. Dr. Warner then went on to teach chemistry at Texas A&M University and Emory University. In 1988 and 1989, he served as the Program Officer for Analytical and Surface Chemistry at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Warner joined the LSU faculty in August 1992 as a Philip W. West Professor on Analytical and Environmental Chemistry. He was Chair of the Chemistry Department from July 1994 to 1997 and was appointed Boyd Professor of the LSU System in July 2000. In April 2001, Dr. Warner was appointed to Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives with a purpose of supporting the high achievements of LSU students, faculty, and staff through education, mentoring, and research. In 2002, Dr. Warner became a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Professor as well.

Since 1975, Dr. Warner has more than 300 published or in-press articles in several prestigious journals. He has been issued seven patents for his work and has another three pending. Since 1982, Dr. Warner has chaired over 50 doctoral theses and is currently supervising approximately 15 other Ph.D. theses. He has received over 80 honors and awards, including CASE Louisiana Professor of the Year Award; LSU Distinguished Faculty Award; the American Association for the Advancement of Science Lifetime Mentor Award; the Eastern Analytical Symposium Award; a Fulbright Fellowship for research and teaching in Kenya; the ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Award in Spectrochemical Analysis; and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring from the President of the United States awarded through the National Science Foundation.