Thomas W. Turner

The Department of Chemistry is housed in Turner Hall, which is named after Dr. Thomas W. Turner.

Dr. Turner taught biology in Baltimore, Maryland from 1902 to 1910, received his doctorate from Cornell University in 1921, was head of Howard University's Botany Department in 1922 and eventually became the head of the Biological Studies Department at Hampton University.

A nationally known botanist, Turner's work is abstracted in the American Journal of Botany. References at the Howard University's Moorland Spingarn Research Center ( and at The Catholic University of America ( show that Turner actively dealt to end racial violence and unequal services provided to African American who served in World War I and addressed discrimination within the Church.

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