Dr. Glen E. Rodgers is a professor emeritus of Chemistry at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Educated at Tufts University (B.S., 1966) and Cornell University (Ph.D., 1971), he taught for five years at Muskingum College in Ohio before moving to Allegheny in 1975. He taught introductory chemistry on several levels (including honors level), chemistry for nurses, chemistry for nonscience majors, two Allegheny First Seminars: 1) "Personalities of 19th and 20th Century Atomic Scientists," (1990) and 2) "The Making of the Atomic Bomb: More Bang for Your Buck" (1996, 1999, 2002), a “Sophomore Seminar” entitled “Communicating Chemistry”, inorganic chemistry (on both the sophomore and advanced undergraduate levels), and numerous interdisciplinary courses with colleagues in history, education, English, philosophy, psychology, and economics. He was the recipient of a variety of teaching honors including the 1993 Julian Ross Award, presented by Allegheny College “for singular accomplishments and contributions through excellence in teaching.”
He is the author of three editions (1994, 2002, 2012) of Descriptive Inorganic, Coordination, and Solid-State Chemistry. In addition, an international edition was published in 2012 and is available all over the world. The latter was preceded by the 1995 Spanish edition (Quimica Inorganica, Introduccion a la Quimica de coordinacion, del estado solido y descriptiva), the 2002 India Edition (Inorganic and Solid-State Chemistry), the 2008 Korean edition, and the 2017 Portuguese edition (Química inorgânica descritiva, de coordenação e do estado sólido) . He was also a contributing author for 30-SECOND CHEMISTRY, published by Ivy Press in 2017.
He has been a leader or co-leader of two Allegheny travel seminars: "Traveling with the Atom: London and Paris" (2002) and "Traveling in the Liberal Arts Tradition: Berlin, Leipzig, Warsaw and Prague" (2004). He and his wife have also been scientific/historical travelers to England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Switzerland, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic, Poland and Russia. Now a full time writer, his current project is Traveling with the Atom: A Scientific Guide to Europe and Beyond. He lives with his wife Kathleen on a pond in the woods of New Hampshire. They are the parents of three daughters, Jennifer, Emily, and Rebecca and grandparents of Rory Warren Sands, Theodore Rodger Sands, Wesley Glen Sands and Rachel Jane Bisset.