Thomas C. O'Haver

Professor Emeritus

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Maryland at College Park
College Park, MD 20742


B.S. Chemistry, 1963, Spring Hill College

Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, 1968, Univ. of Florida (J. D. Winefordner)

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Professional Interests
My work was in the area of analytical spectroscopy and instrumentation development; derivative and wavelength modulation spectroscopy; continuum-source simultaneous multielement atomic absorption spectrometry; microcomputer applications in science education; diode-array spectroscopy; digital signal processing; science education; applications of constructivist pedagogy in science education. In retirement, I continue to develop tutorials and software for signal processing and interactive simulation software modules for science instruction.  I also do technology training for teachers through School-based Inservice Workshops for Teachers and Adult Education Courses on technology-related topics.

Publications and Presentations
Approximately 100 journal papers and book chapters; over 200 seminars and talks presented at national and international meetings. Click here for my academic Curriculum Vitae. Since retirement, my wife and I have developed and presented a number of workshops for teachers on the applications of educational technology and Adult Education Courses on technology-related topics.

National Awards and Distinctions
Tour Speaker for the Spectroscopy Society of Canada, 1979.
Tour Speaker for the American Chemical Society, 1980 and 1981.
Strock Award from the Society of Applied Spectroscopy for research on continuum-source atomic absorption spectrometry, 1988.
EDUCOM/NCRIPTAL awards for Best Design and for Best Chemistry software, for SPECTRUM, 1990.

Personal Information
Married to Mary Louise O'Haver. Sons Christopher and Robert.

My Retirement Hobby: Ornamental Gardening


Chemistry-related projects

Chemistry courses developed and taught

On-line conferences organized

Science education and other general educational projects

Completed projects, no longer being updated


Last updated July, 2011. Questions should be directed to Prof. Thomas O'Haver, at toh@umd.edu.
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