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Will McWhorter

Will McWhorter
Phone: 864-656-2573
Office: 259 Hunter
E-mail: wmcwhor@clemson.edu

Will McWhorter's initial interest in chemistry was sparked by his Spartanburg High School chemistry teachers, Mrs. Nancy Bane and Mr. Troy Bridges.  As an undergraduate at Clemson University, he became interested in organic chemistry as he studied and carried out undergraduate research under the direction of Prof. John Huffman (Clemson University, emeritus) graduating with a B.S. in 1978.  At Harvard University, he studied natural products synthesis under the guidance of Prof. Yoshito Kishi, participating in the synthesis of palytoxin.  He also studied organic syntheses in the classroom under Prof. Elias J. Corey.  After obtaining his Ph.D. in 1984, Dr. WcWhorter carried out postdoctoral research at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH-Zuerich) under Prof. Albert Eschenmoser and at the Suntory Institute for Bioorganic Research in Osaka under Prof. Koji Nakanish.  He worked as a medicinal chemist at the Upjohn Company and its successors in Japan and Kalamazoo, MI and later worked as a research and development chemist at Milliken and Company in Spartanburg, SC.  Dr. McWhorter is teaching general chemistry (CH1010 and CH 1020).  He is a masters swimmer and enjoys serving as a USA and YMCA swimming official at meets.