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Faculty: Dr. Arie Leegwater

arie leegwaterArie Leegwater, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus

Office: North Hall 267
Phone: (616) 526- 6373
Fax: (616) 526-6501



  • Ph.D., Ohio State University, Organic Chemistry, 1967
    Thesis: Steric Effects in Organic Chemistry
    Advisor: Professor Melvin Spencer Newman
  • B.A., Calvin College, 1962

Professional History

  • Emeritus, Calvin College, 2007
  • Professor of Chemistry, Calvin College,1978-present
  • Handong Global University, Pohang, South Korea, Spring 2008, Visiting Professor, Global Leadership School
  • University of Leeds , UK , 2000, Visiting Scholar, School of Philosophy and History of Science
  • University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, 1985, Visiting Scholar, History of Science Department
  • University of California-Davis, 1977-78, National Endowment for the Humanities College Fellow-in-Residence, Philosophy Department
  • Trinity Christian College , Palos Heights, IL, 1969-77, Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • Free University of Amsterdam, 1967–1969, Postdoctoral Associate, Central Interfaculty


  • Chem 103 & 103L: General Chemistry I & General Chemistry I Laboratory
  • Chem 253 & 253L: Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry & Laboratory
  • Chem 261 & 261L: Organic Chemistry I & Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
  • Chem 262 & 262L: Organic Chemistry II & Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
  • IDIS 210: History of Science
  • IDIS 310: History of Physical Science
  • Interim: Kuiper Faculty Orientation Seminar

Research Interests

My current research interests include the dynamic interrelationships between chemistry and physics during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the interaction of science and religion, and the philosophy of chemistry. I have been science editor for the Christian Scholar’s Review, coordinator for a Calvin College Center for Christian Scholarship research team on responsible technology, participant in the John Templeton Oxford Seminars on Science and Christianity ( University of Oxford), and 2005-6 ARIHE lecturer. At present I am editor of Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, the journal of the American Scientific Affiliation (



Minor in Biochemistry

Minor in Chemistry


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