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Ken Marcus

Longwood alum named among nation’s top scientists

Longwood alumnus Ken Marcus ’82 has been named a 2012 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a top honor in the largest organization of the nation’s scientists.

Marcus, who graduated from Longwood with degrees in chemistry and physics and was the chartering president of the Alpha Chi Rho fraternity chapter, is a professor and researcher in the Department of Chemistry at Clemson University. He earned his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Virginia in 1986. Marcus recently completed two terms as President of the Longwood Foundation Board of Directors.

The research group that Marcus runs at Clemson, which is made up mostly of graduate students, develops new types of instrumentation used to determine the chemical makeup of substances.

"I’m honored to have earned the recognition from my peers and am proud of the recognition of the research group’s work," said Marcus. "It’s not only a reflection of my own work but of the individuals who have worked with me for 26 years."

AAAS Fellows are nominated by their peers for the honor, which is given to scientists for meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications. Marcus will be honored with the other new Fellows at a ceremony in Boston in February and will be included in a list of new Fellows published annually in the journal Science.

Marcus received the 2001 South Carolina Governor’s Award for Excellence in Science and was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2010. He has published numerous articles in scientific journals and is a member of the editorial advisory board for several publications.