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 in 1956. Soon thereafter, he earned a Doctor of Philosophy from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1959 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as a first lieutenant between 1959 and 1962. Spending the duration of his career at Corning Incorporated in New York, he was a longstanding research chemist with the prestigious company from 1962 to 1995. Soon thereafter, he became a consultant for the company for the following five years before his retirement in 2000. Even 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 cites as a career highlight. He has always been enthusiastic about glass and uncovering unknown discoveries in flat surfaces. During his tenure in the sciences, he learned that communicating the results of experiments was equally as important as conducting the experiments themselves. To remain abreast of developments in his profession, he maintains affiliation with 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, and he formerly sang in the Corning Philharmonica Choir during the 1970s and 1980s. He supports his local community through his association with the library support committee of the Southeast Steuben County Library.
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