Gaining interest in the field of chemistry after being influenced by several mentors, Edwin Michael Kaiser, PhD, has gone on to have a prolific career as a university professor. He prepared for his career by obtaining a Bachelor of Science from Youngstown State University and a Doctor of Philosophy from Purdue University. He also completed postgraduate research at Duke University. In 1966, he joined the faculty at the University of Missouri, where he spent the entirety of his career in various positions. Throughout his tenure, he rose in the ranks at the university from assistant professor to associate professor to full professor. In addition, from 1984 to 1991, he served as director of the Honors College. In 1995, he was named a distinguished teaching professor of chemistry and held the title until he became professor emeritus in 2002.
As a varied professional, Dr. Kaiser has also held various positions outside of his appointments at the University of Missouri. He has served as a visiting professor at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa, and at the University of Botswana in Gaborone, Botswana. Dr. Kaiser was an adjunct professor at Stephens College and often serves as a consultant in the field. He has also extended his expertise to the field by contributing articles to professional journals. Civically involved as well, he has been active in his community through his election to the local city council and affiliation with the United Church of Christ. He was also appointed to the Planning and Zoning Commission. Throughout his career, Dr. Kaiser has always enjoyed being in the classroom. He has taught more than fourteen thousand students in lecture courses; many of his students who studied organic chemistry went on to become doctors and many of his students who studied under him in the Honors College went on to become lawyers. One of his students in particular went on to discover the first and most widely prescribed anti-HIV drug. In his spare time outside of work, Dr. Kaiser enjoys reading and traveling.
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