Blossey came to Rollins College in 1965 to teach chemistry. During his years with Rollins College, he has
numerous research projects as well as been an active professor
was born in Toledo Ohio. As
an undergraduate, Blossey attended Ohio State, where he received
B.S. in 1957. In 1959,
Blossey received his M.S. at Iowa State, and then in 1963, he
his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Carnegie Institute of Technology
called Carnegie Mellon University).
his time at Rollins College, Blossey has been awarded the
honors: Arthur Vining Davis
Fellowship Award, 1978; Bush Professor of Science, 1981, as the
member of the faculty to receive the award; and the D.J. and
Chair of Chemistry, which was established by Nobel Prize winner
Cram and his wife Carolyn as an endowment before Mr. Cram's
Blossey is also a member of the American Chemical
Royal Society of Chemistry, American Association for the
Science, and Phi Lambda Upsilon.
were always interested in Chemistry as your major and career
Why was that?
is really exciting to me, in terms of new things happening
that weíre doing, and research.
Largely I think itís the research that motivates me.
And then from the research is to actually impart that
We try to interpret for them what all this excitement
what it means to them in their own life..."
thatís how they learn, and they learned a tremendous amount
weeks that summer... It
started in chemistry... With no money... All of them came
did summer research after that as they progressed through
was a very exciting time in terms of doing winter term
were different, where a student took only one course and
things that were not possible in other ways... And in
everyday, doing research in the laboratory, which is very
to do in a normal academic year."
me, the highest form of education is research, and we need
understand that... If you really understand anything about
learning theory and so forth, thatís where the highest form
actually education, is research... Simply because a student
to see that they must learn something to do their
some of the greatest teaching experiences Iíd had, working
tutor in the courses, because a student would come in, youíd
their little test... Point out their errors... You had an
opportunity to talk to them about the mistakes the student
making... So they would have an immediate response from what
had just put down on a quiz. That to me was probably
exciting because there were times when you could see the