Kenneth Magnus served three terms as Head of Department and was able to recognize the importance of the new thrust in Information Technology. Magnus assisted Professor Robert Lancashire in computerising aspects of the activities of the Department of Chemistry.
During the 1980s the Department purchased some of the first Personal Computers on campus. By 1990s Lancashire had introduced applications of computers in Chemistry and in 1994 created the first website in the Caribbean, producing an extensive online chemical education resource.
During Magnus’ tenure other aspects of organic research emerged such as Medicinal Chemistry, Synthetic Organic Chemistry and Industrial Organic Chemistry. Inorganic Chemistry received a boost with the appointment of its first Professor, who developed studies in Reaction Kinetics. Research on Bauxite Chemistry was firmly established under Magnus' watch. Essentially, research and teaching flourished under his eyes.
Professor Magnus established a postgraduate Diploma in Sugar Cane Processing in 1977 that ran for several years. In academic year 1980/1981 Ken Magnus established the teaching of Food Chemistry, increasing the emphasis towards food processing. Food Chemistry became and remains until today one of the most popular programmes in the Department.