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Biography: Jane Cook

G. Jane Cook
Jane Cook
Chief Scientist

Jane Cook was the Chief Scientist at The Corning Museum of Glass where she was the Museum's principal resource on the science and technology of glass to the public and the glass art community. Dr. Cook was the technical advisor to the new Specialty Glass Artist-in-Residence program, and worked with the Museum's staff on incorporating scientific content in exhibitions and educational programs. She lectures widely at universities, colleges, and art schools, and works closely with artists to teach them how scientific and engineering fundamentals can inform their work.

A materials scientist and engineer with more than 20 years of expertise in glass, ceramics, and metallurgy, Dr. Cook holds a BS in Materials Engineering from New Mexico Tech, and an MS and Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She worked in research and development for Corning Incorporated for 16 years, is an inventor on over two dozen patent applications, and in 2013, received Corning's prestigious Stookey Award for outstanding exploratory research.


Blog Posts by this Author

This post comes from Dr. Glen Cook, chief scientist at The Corning Museum of Glass. The term “specialty glass” today refers to glass made from recipes that allow for new breakthroughs in products and services. Corning Glass Works introduced Pyrex as a specialty glass to the world with... more
This post comes from Dr. Glen Cook, chief scientist at The Corning Museum of Glass. Professor Fred Herbst stokes wood into the firebox of one of Corning Community College’s wood-fired kilns. These well-drafted kilns can achieve temperatures in excess of 2200°F. You may be familiar with words that... more
At age 11, Glen Cook’s experiment with melting aluminum on his parents’ stove ended badly, at least as far as their new kitchen floor was concerned. The beaker broke, and spattered burns remained on the otherwise-pristine vinyl for years afterward. But the willingness to take risks — and... more