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Message from the Director

Thank you for your interest in the McCrone Research Institute. I hope that you are encouraged by the microscopy education and research here. More than 50 years ago, Dr. McCrone concluded that there is almost no field of science that cannot, at least to a small extent, be helped by a good microscopist. He founded his institute to teach, carry out research and educate scientists in the field that he knew would be of enormous importance to the technical and educational world. The basic premise that microscopy – learned by doing, observing, and interpreting – is the foundation upon which the McCrone Research Institute is built.

Gary J. Laughlin
Executive Director

Director’s Biography

Gary J. Laughlin has served as executive director of McCrone Research Institute in Chicago since 2004, and as research microscopist and instructor for McCrone since 1987. He conducts research in microscopy and microanalysis and also serves as principle investigator and project director for applied research. Laughlin is editor of The Microscope journal and chairman of the annual Inter/Micro microscopy symposia in Chicago.

Laughlin earned his bachelor’s degree in criminalistics from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his Ph.D. in metallurgical and materials engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

A Chicago native, Laughlin is a life member on the board of directors and past president of the State Microscopical Society of Illinois, a fellow in the Royal Microscopical Society, and a member of the New York Microscopical Society, American Chemical Society, American Society of Trace Evidence Examiners, and the American Institute for Conservation.

He has presented guest lectureships for industry, government, and academia throughout the United States and taught hundreds of courses to thousands of students from around the world.