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Release Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 3:46 PM
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April 16, 2013
Howard Professor Publishes Over 1,000 Academic Articles
Raymond Butcher, Ph.D.
Raymond Butcher, Ph.D.
WASHINGTON – Raymond Butcher, Ph.D., professor of inorganic chemistry at Howard University for 38 years, has recently achieved a personal goal of publishing more than 1,000 academic articles.
Butcher, co-editor of Acta Chrystallographica E and recipient of two Fulbright scholarships, has published 1,006 articles since 1975. His most prolific production has been in the years since 2007, a period when he produced between 60-100 articles per year.

“Although producing this many articles was not my initial goal, I did begin to believe that it was achievable,” Butcher said. “Now that I have produced so many articles, I look forward to continuing my work.”

Butcher, a native of New Zealand, began his career in 1974 at the University of Virginia as a chemistry instructor -- where he was awarded the Sigma Xi Visitors Medal for Outstanding Research. A year later, Butcher joined Howard as an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, which has its own proud traditions. In 1958, the Department of Chemistry became the first Howard department to award the Ph.D. degree and has since produced more African-American chemists than any other chemistry department in the world.

Many of Butcher’s publications chronicle findings done from investigations in his Howard laboratory. Chemists from around the world consistently send samples to Butcher to be reviewed and analyzed. He often partners with these scientists to reach conclusive results, which are then reported and featured in various publications.

According to Butcher, his research and resultant publications are essential for chemists around the globe.

“My works are often cited by fellow researchers,” he said. “Therefore, it is important that what I produce be accurate and precise.”

When Butcher was first awarded the Fulbright International Scholarship in 1989, he used the opportunity to establish relationships with local scientists. When he was once again awarded a Fulbright-Nehar scholarship in 2009 to teach in India, he formed even more professional relationships. These relationships with local scientists have proved to be fruitful, allowing him to co-author more than 500 publications with Indian scientists.

“There is no secret to what I have done, but what I have is a driving passion,” Butcher said. “One thing I learned from my mother was to enjoy what you do because then you no longer see it as work.”

Earlier this year, Butcher returned from India where he worked as a visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Technology.

Butcher earned his bachelors of Science degree, with honors, from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand and also earned his doctorate from the school. 


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