Jean C. Tempel '65 Professor of Physical Sciences

Marc Zimmer

Connecticut College

Marc Zimmer was born in a small town in South Africa. While at the University of Witwatersrand he got a bachelor and masters degree in chemistry. Partly out of interest and partly out of a need to avoid the South African (apartheid) military service he came to the United States, where he got his Ph.D. in chemistry from W.P.I. and did his post-doc at Yale University. Marc has been at Connecticut College for the last 20 years where he teaches chemistry and studies the proteins involved in producing light in jellyfish and fireflies. He has also taught at the University of Cape Town and Heidelberg University and given talks about his research in India, Cuba, South Africa and all over Europe. Marc has written a book about Green Fluorescent Protein, and has published over 60 research papers about cow flatulence, computational chemistry and bioluminescence in fireflies and jellyfish. His research is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Marc was named the Connecticut Professor of the Year 2007 by the Carnegie Foundation and named one of “13 of the best college professors in the country” in the Huffington Post. He and his glowing axolotls often visit schools to give chemistry demonstrations, classes and workshops. In Spring 2012, Marc and his family enjoyed a SAS around the world voyage.