With a desire to pursue a profession that helps society, Marc David Donohue, PhD originally wanted to become a medical doctor but instead decided to become an educator in order to better utilize his skills. He prepared for his career by obtaining a Bachelor of Science from the Clarkson College of Technology (now Clarkson University) in 1973. He completed his education by receiving a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley in 1977, and then returned to Clarkson University to begin his career as an assistant professor of chemical engineering. He completed that tenure in 1979 when he joined Johns Hopkins University, where he served an assistant professor, then associate professor, and finally, his current position as full professor. Also at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Donohue served as a department chairman from 1984 to 1995, and was appointed associate dean from 1999 to 2007 and then vice dean from 2007 to 2011.
In addition to his primary appointments in education, Dr. Donohue was also an active member of the Council for Chemical Research. From 1993 to 2010, he served as treasurer, and from 2011 to 2014, he served as vice chairman and chairman of the board. Specializing in molecular thermodynamics and psychology throughout his career, Dr. Donohue has worked to find what he considers the holy grail of his field. In his research, he sought to unify the understanding of how molecules interact through both physical and chemical forces. In 1991, he succeeded in writing a series of papers on the subject.
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