About B. Timothy Pennington, Ph.D.

B. Timothy Pennington was born in Jackson, Mississippi on September 2, 1948, the second of three children. He grew up in Polkville and Morton in central Mississippi and attended East Central Community College in Decatur before entering the University of Southern Mississippi where he went on to earn a Ph. D. in chemistry in 1974. He completed two years of postdoctoral research at the USDA Eastern Regional Research Center near Philadelphia, PA as a National Research Council Research Associate and one year as a Robert A. Welsh postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Texas at Arlington before accepting a teaching position at Navarro College in Corsicana, TX. After teaching and writing scripts for chemistry videotapes for two years as part of a National Science Foundation grant, he joined the chemical industry in the Lake Charles, LA area in 1979 and stayed in the industry for 30 years. A member of the American Chemical Society for over 35 years, he has seven publications in refereed scientific journals, two trade industry publications, and 21 US patents as inventor or co-inventor. In 1970, he married the former Esther Kennedy of Forest, MS and has three adult daughters.

B. Timothy Pennington grew up on a farm in the heavily forested, gently rolling hills of central Mississippi enjoying fishing in the numerous ponds and streams, hiking the woods around the family farm, and searching for arrowheads laying on the surface of the ground throughout the area. Willing to work hard and earning his own spending money from the age of 12, the author was of an independent nature and was interested in math and science from a young age. Although he entered college intending to become an engineer, his interest in chemistry sent him in another direction. His dissertation research involving metallic catalysts-aluminum alkyl systems eventually led to an industrial position as a catalyst chemist. However, shortly thereafter, the chemical industry began a phase of plant closures, mergers, and acquisitions in the early 1980s that has continued on nearly unabated to the present day. The author survived the industry turmoil by being able to deliver sound technical advice based upon thorough research and data evaluation of many diverse areas of information, something he brings to this book as well.