Colin Steel was a Professor Emeritus of the Department of Chemistry at Brandeis University. He was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1933. He completed his B.Sc. in at Edinburgh in 1955. Colin rose through the ranks at Brandeis, receiving tenure in 1966, becoming a full Professor in 1977, and serving as the department chair from 1980-1983. Colin even resumed teaching after he became an emeritus professor in 2000, offering a well-regarded course in chemical kinetics.