Prior to embarking on his career as a research chemist and consultant, Francis Paul Fehlner, PhD, pursued a formal education at the College of the Holy Cross, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1956. In 1959, he earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Physical Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, after which he served for three years in the U.S. Air Force as a lieutenant. The remainder of his career was spent at Corning Incorporated as a research chemist from 1962 to 1995. He continued there as a consultant, retiring fully in 2000. Both before and after retirement, Dr. Fehlner lent his expertise to academia as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University, a role he held from 1991 to 2006.
Impressively, Dr. Fehlner holds 15 patents in the field of chemistry. A contributor of over 70 articles to professional and scientific journals, he previously authored “Low Temperature Oxidation” in 1986, which he considers a career highlight. He has always been enthusiastic about studying glass, especially as it relates to flat displays. He likes to emphasis that communications in science are as important as the experiments themselves. Developments in his profession have been followed through membership in the American Chemical Society, the Electrochemical Society and Sigma Xi. Demonstrating versatility in both his personal and professional lives, Dr. Fehlner also enjoys glass blowing at the Glass Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass. He formerly sang in the Corning Philharmonica Choir during the 1970s and 1980s and supports his local community through association with the Library Support Committee of the Southeast Steuben County Library.
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