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Bramwell, Fitzgerald B. "Jerry"

(born: May 16, 1945) 

Fitzgerald Bramwell was born in New York. In 1995 he was a chemistry faculty member and the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at the University of Kentucky. In 1996, Bramwell was the highest ranking African American at the the university.

Bramwell earned his B.A. from Columbia University and his master's and doctorate from the University of Michigan. His research explored how beams of laser light changed the structure and reaction of certain carbon-based compounds.

Bramwell wrote a number of articles and books, including Investigations in general chemistry: quantitative techniques and basic principles; and co-authored Basic laboratory principles in general chemistry: with quantitative techniques.

In October 2005, Bramwell founded Empire Science Resources LLC, Which "provided scientific and technological expertise to institutions of higher education." He served as the company's Member Manager. Dr. Fitzgerald B. Bramwell left the University of Kentucky in 2015.

For more see Distinguished African American Scientists of the 20th Century (1996), by J. H. Kessler, et al; his biography at Tennessee State University's website; and his publications entry at Of the total chemists and materials scientists in Kentucky, 4% are African Americans, according to Census 2000 data.

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