Centre College Faculty
H. Edward Montgomery, Jr.• Professor of Chemistry
Office: Olin Hall—217
Ed Montgomery joined the Centre college faculty in 2000. Prior to that, he served 28 years on active duty in the United States Navy, retiring in October 1999 with the rank of Captain.
Montgomery was principally assigned to construction, overhaul and repair of nuclear-powered submarines. He served at the Philadelphia and Charleston Naval Shipyards, on USS JOHN ADAMS (SSBN 620) Blue and on the materiel staff of Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. He also spent two years on the chemistry faculty of the United States Naval Academy where he taught general and physical chemistry.
In February 1985, Montgomery reported to the submarine tender USS PROTEUS in Guam as Repair Officer. During his tour, PROTEUS completed six Western Pacific deployments and won the Battle Efficiency “R.”
Returning from overseas duty in 1988, he was assigned to the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Groton, Connecticut, as Project Officer for construction of attack submarines. In March 1991, he transferred to Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters as Assistant Program Manager for attack submarine construction. While in this position, he was assigned additional duty with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration where he received a Group Achievement Award for his work on the Space Station Requirements Team.
In August 1994, Montgomery returned to Groton as the Supervisor of Shipbuilding. During his three years in command, six submarines were delivered to the Navy. These included the first SEAWOLF (SSN 21) class submarine and USS LOUISIANA (SSBN 743), the final Trident submarine. In 1997, his command was one of five Executive Department recipients of the National Partnership Council “Silver Eagle” for Labor-Management teaming.
His last assignment before retirement was Chief of Staff of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, the Navy's research, development, test and evaluation center for submarines, autonomous underwater vehicles and undersea weapons systems.
His military awards include the Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (four awards) and the Navy Commendation Medal.
Montgomery’s research concentrates on theoretical chemistry with an emphasis on accurate calculation of the electronic structure of small systems. He is currently using information theory to study the properties of atoms and molecules in nanoscale confinements. Internationally recognized as an expert on computational methods, he collaborates with research groups in India, Mexico, Russia and Hungary. His research has been published in Journal of Physics, Physics Letters, International Journal of Quantum Chemistry and Advances in Quantum Chemistry. He has also authored or co-authored pedagogical papers on quantum chemistry in the Journal of Chemical Education and The Chemical Educator.
Montgomery also has a particular interest in using NASCAR as a means of introducing physics and chemistry to non-scientists and has incorporated this material in a first year studies course.
A native of Lancaster, Kentucky, Montgomery graduated from Berea College in 1968 and earned a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the University of Kentucky in 1971. He is also a graduate of the Program Management Course, Defense Systems Management College, Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. Montgomery is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Society of Sigma Xi and Phi Kappa Phi.
To read about his First-Year Studies course, “The Science of Stuff,” click here.
To read about Dr. Montgomery’s recently published work, click here.
File last updated: 5/2/13