Thomas F. George has been chancellor and professor of chemistry and physics at the University of Missouri–St. Louis since 2003. Prior to that, he was chancellor at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, provost at Washington State University, dean of science at SUNY-Buffalo, and professor of chemistry at the University of Rochester. He received his B.A. degree (Phi Beta Kappa) with a double major in chemistry and mathematics from Gettysburg College, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at age 23 from Yale University, with postdoctoral appointments at MIT and UC-Berkeley. His research specialty is laser/materials/chemical/nanophysics, including nanomedicine. He continues to be an active researcher with 775 papers, 6 authored and 18 edited books. His awards include the Marlow Medal from the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), Medal of Honor by Gulf University for Science and Technology in Kuwait, and Diploma of Honour by Seinájoki University of Applied Sciences in Finland. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Szeged in Hungary and PhranakhonRajabhat University in Thailand, and he has been elected as a foreign member of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology. As a hobby, heplays jazz keyboard and has performed throughout the St. Louis region and overseas in Bosnia, Croatia, China, Hungary, Kuwait, Oman, Romania and Russian Siberia.