Dr. William J. Busler became interested in science and chemistry at the dawning of the “Space Age” in the United States in the 1950s. Fascinated by chemical concoctions, he decided to pursue chemistry as a career path. Receiving a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and PhD in physical biochemistry in 1966 and 1977, respectively, he began his career in education at the University of Tennessee, where he first served as a teaching fellow between 1968 and 1975. A past planetarium director of the Pink Palace Museum and Planetarium in Memphis, Tennessee, he was subsequently employed by his alma mater, Christian Brothers University, where he served as an assistant professor of chemistry for six years. Promoted to the rank of associate professor in 1983, he served in that role until the turn of the century while simultaneously acting as department chairman for nine years from 1984 to 1993. Escalating through the ranks again to full professor in 2000, he served a second term as department chairman from 2000 to 2006 prior to his retirement from education in 2011.
Alongside his primary career responsibilities, Dr. Busler has been a research scientist since 1996. Formerly affiliated with Viral Antigens, Inc., in Memphis as a visiting scientist in the mid-1990s, he has also notably served as a legal consultant on patents and injuries since 1990. Civically involved as well, he has been the vice president of Citizens to Preserve Overton Park since 1969 and is a past president of the Council of Co-Owners of the Condo Association.
To remain abreast of developments in the industry, Dr. Busler has maintained affiliation with the American Chemical Society and the Memphis Astronomical Society, where he has impressively served as director, treasurer, vice president and president between 1959 and 2017. A member of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society, he has contributed his time and expertise to researching the correct expression and combination of antigens for the early detection of Lyme disease. Likewise, he has authored books and laboratory manuals.
In light of his exceptional undertakings, Dr. Busler was named among Outstanding Young Men of America in 1979. Further, he was selected for inclusion in several editions of Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.
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