One thousand and counting. Bill Acree, professor of chemistry, recently received acceptance of his 1,000th publication.
Approximately 45% of his published articles were coauthored by graduate, undergraduate and high school students, including students in UNT’s Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science and participants in the Upward Bound Math and Science Program who he has mentored over the years, both at UNT and Kent State University, where he taught before joining the UNT faculty in 1988.
“It has taken me more than 45 years to get to 1,000 acceptances,” Acree says. “When I was a faculty member back at Kent State University, one of the faculty members told me that one of his most significant accomplishments was having published at least one paper in six consecutive decades. The faculty member explained to me the accomplishment was important because first you have to work in six consecutive decades and second that you had to stay active as a scholar in six decades. I reached that milestone in January 2021. Along the way I also have managed to publish at least one paper per year since 1979, which if I have counted correctly, corresponds to 44 consecutive years with at least one publication.”