Ralph Hannon, Ph.D., is a professor emeritus of the Department of Chemistry at Kishwaukee college in Malta, Illinois. Ralph received his B.S. in physics from Eastern Illinois University in 1963. He taught two years in the Downers Grove Public School system. He then returned to graduate school at Northern Illinois University to work on his M.S. in physics (67). Ralph completed his Ph.D. in chemistry, also at NIU, in 1972. While Ralph was writing his dissertation, he took a teaching job at Kishwaukee College (1970). He remained at Kishwaukee College for thirty one years and retired in 2001.
Over the years, Ralph has received numerous awards and recognition for his accomplishments. One was in 1989 when he received the Outstanding Faculty Member Award from the Illinois Community College Trustees Association. He has published two mathematics textbooks and has over thirty publications in various journals. In 1987 Ralph took a sabbatical and did research on high temperature superconductors. He set up a materials lab and made the first high temperature superconductor on the campus of Northern Illinois University. Some of his work was also done at Argonne National Laboratory. After the sabbatical, he served as a consultant with an appointment in the physics department at NIU. He also worked three years as a consultant with an agriculture testing firm.
Dr. Hannon was co-editor of The Theosophical Research Journal and served on the executive board of the Theosophical Education and Research Foundation. Dr. Hannon has been a frequent lecturer at the national center of the Theosophical Society in Wheaton, Illinois where his talks characteristically contain a delightful mixture of science, Theosophy, and humor.