David A. Horner
Harold and Eva White Distinguished Professor in the Liberal Arts
He earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Otterbein College, and a master's degree and doctorate, both from the University of California, Berkeley. His dissertation dealt with the kinetics of oxygen exchange between S(IV) species and water in aqueous bisulfite solutions. He began teaching in the chemistry and physics departments at North Central College in 1983.
He has researched computational materials and molecular quantum mechanics, and since 1993 has been a visiting member of the Molecular Materials group at Argonne National Laboratory.
Named in 2002, Horner is the third recipient of the Harold & Eva White Distinguished Professor in the Liberal Arts endowed chair, which was first presented to Paul Sutton in 1993. The second recipient, named in 1998, was Terry Marsh. Harold White owned and published The Naperville Sun newspaper from 1936 to 1990, and his wife, Eva, sold ads for the paper.