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David W. Ball is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Cleveland State University (CSU) in Ohio. He received a Ph.D. in chemistry from Rice University in 1987 and, after post-doctoral research at Rice University and at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in Berkeley, California, joined the faculty at CSU in 1990, rising to the rank of Professor in 2002. He has authored more than 160 publications, equally split between research papers and works of a more educational bent, including five books currently in print (and one more on the way). Dr. Ball’s research interests include low-temperature infrared spectroscopy and computational chemistry. His wife, Gail, is an engineer who keeps him on his toes. His two sons, Stuart and Casey, also keep him on his toes, especially since his older son Stuart is currently (at this writing) experiencing the cataclysmic educational process of Fourth Grade.
Professor Ball has a doppelganger, David W. Ball, who writes historical fiction and lives in the Rocky Mountains. David (the chemistry professor) has read some of David’s (the real author’s) books and has enjoyed them. There is no word if the favor has been returned.