Professor Harris received his B.S. degree from Harvey Mudd College, and his Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He joined the UM-St. Louis Chemistry faculty in 1970 following a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California-Irvine. He has spent leaves at University of Chicago, the Solar Energy Research Institute (Golden, Colorado), and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Dayton, Ohio), and The University of the Western Cape (South Africa)
Over the years, Professor Harris has published research in several areas of physical chemistry: collision-induced dissocation of ions, chemical kinetics at suprahigh pressure, experimental and theoretical dynamics of molecular and ionic collisions, and the dynamics of cellular flames. Since he accepted a joint appointment in the College of Education as well as in the Chemistry Department of the College of Arts and Sciences, the focus of his work has tended increasingly toward science education.
Professor Harris originated and currently edits "The Chemical Education Resource Shelf" (CERS), an online feature of the Journal of Chemical Education. The contents of the CERS, which includes comprehensive information about textbooks, software, models, and references for chemical educators, is published twice per year (February and September) with the Journal. Professor Harris also edits "The Cost-Effective Teacher", a feature in the printed edition that describes clever and inexpensive equipment for laboratories and demonstrations, and he writes the popular monthly column, "Hal's Picks of the Month".
Professor Harris a pioneer in the use of computer symbolic/numerical mathematical processors in teaching physical chemistry. A "Carnot Cycle" tutorial exemplifying this technique is about to be published in Journal of Chemical Education:Online. See http://www.monmouth.edu/~tzielins/mathcad/HHarris/doc001.htm. Professor Harris is involved in the study of the effectiveness of significant changes that the Chemistry Department is making in its Introductory Chemistry courses.
"Summer Reading", H. H. Harris, R. M. Pagni, C. Frech, B. Coppola and J. Kovac, Journal of Chemical Education 2007, 84, 916.
"Sorting Recycled Trash: An Activity for Earth Day 2007", M. E. Harris and H. H. Harris, Journal of Chemical Education 2007, 84, 204.
(Book reviews) "Summer Reading", R. M. Pagni, C. Frech, B. P. Coppola, H. H. Harris and J. Kovac, Journal of Chemical Education 2005, 82, 817.
(Review) "You Be the Chemist Kit", H. H. Harris, Journal of Chemical Education 2005, 82, 530
"Hands on Plastics", H. H. Harris and M. E. Harris, Journal of Chemical Education 2005, 82, 209.
(Book review) "Galileo's Finger: The Ten Great Ideas of Science" (by Peter Atkins), H. H. Harris, Journal of Chemical Education, 2004, 81, 1423.
(Book review) "Chemical Misconceptions-Prevention, Diagnosis and Cure" (by Keith Tabor), H. H. Harris, Journal of Chemical Education, 2003, 80, 491.
(Book review) Harris, Harold H. "Naturally Dangerous: Surprising Facts about Food, Health, and the Environment", (by James Collman), Journal of Chemical Education, 2002, 79, 35.
"Simple Lattice Simulation of Chiral Discrimination in Monolayers", L. Mao, H. H. Harris, and K. J. Stine. Journal of Chemical Information and Computer Sciences, 2002,42, 1179.
"The Carnot Cycle", H. H. Harris, Journal of Chemical Education, 2001, 78, 1556.
(Book review) "A Biography of Distinguished Scientist Gilbert Newton Lewis" (by Edward S. Lewis), H. H. Harris, . Journal of Chemical Education. 1999, 76(11), 1487.
"Is It Real Gold?', H. H. Harris, Journal of Chemical Education, 1999, 76, 198.
"Electrical Perturbation of Cellular Premixed Propane/Air Flames", C. L. Maupin and H. H. Harris, Combustion and Flame, 1994, 97, 435.
"Instrumental Analysis Courses Part 1. The Current Experimental Practice", H. H. Harris and J. J. O'Brien. Journal of Chemical Education 1992, 69, A266.
"Correlation Function Diagnosis of Chaotic Vibrations in HCN", Y. J. Cho, P. R. Winter, H. H. Harris, E. D. Fleischmann and J. E. Adams, J. Phys. Chem., 1990, 94, 1847.
"Parallels Between Adolescents' Conception of Gases and the History of Chemistry", C. J. Furio Mas, J. H. Perez and H. H. Harris, J. Chem. Educ., 1987, 64, 617.