John Conkling

Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus

As former executive director and technical director of the American Pyrotechnics Association, Dr. John Conkling ’65 is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts in pyrotechnics.

He conducted The Summer Pyrotechnic Seminar at Washington College for 29 years and is the author of Chemistry of Pyrotechnics: Basic Principles and Theory (CRC Press, 1985).

Dr. Conkling retired from WC in 2012 and was awarded the Alumni Service Award in 2013.

  • B.S., Washington College, 1965
  • Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, 1969