Phillip E. Fanwick received his Master’s of Science in Chemistry and Doctor of Philosophy in Inorganic Chemistry in 1971 and 1977 respectively. From 1972 to 1975, he served as an officer in the United States Air Force. After completing his PhD, he spent two years as a Postdoctoral researcher with Professor F. Albert Cotton at Texas A&M University. He has also previously worked as Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky from 1979 to 1985 and the Service Crystallographer at Purdue University, where he retired in January 2016. He has been a co-editor of Acta Crystallographa Section C since 2009, and is the author and co-author of over 1200 reviewed papers.