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Erich Blossey came to Rollins College in 1965 to teach chemistry. During his years with Rollins College, he has participated in numerous research projects as well as been an active professor of chemistry.

Blossey was born in Toledo Ohio. As an undergraduate, Blossey attended Ohio State, where he received his B.S. in 1957. In 1959, Blossey received his M.S. at Iowa State, and then in 1963, he received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now called Carnegie Mellon University).

During his time at Rollins College, Blossey has been awarded the following honors: Arthur Vining Davis Fellowship Award, 1978; Bush Professor of Science, 1981, as the fourth member of the faculty to receive the award; and the D.J. and J.M. Cram Chair of Chemistry, which was established by Nobel Prize winner Donald Cram and his wife Carolyn as an endowment before Mr. Cram's death. Blossey is also a member of the American Chemical Society, The Royal Society of Chemistry, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Phi Lambda Upsilon.

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You mentioned you were always interested in Chemistry as your major and career choice. Why was that?

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Blossey Discusses the Origins of the Faculty-Student Summer Research Program

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So that’s really the first of the students that did summer research?

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Blossey Discuses the Benefits of the Winter Term

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Blossey Discuses Importance of Faculty Research