150th Celebration

Alan Stuart Foss

March 11, 2020

Alan S. Foss

Professor of Chemical Engineering

By C. Judson King, Simon L. Goren, and P. Henrik Wallman

With the death of Alan S. Foss on February 22, 2006, the University of California, Berkeley Department of Chemical Engineering lost...

In Memoriam: alumnus Herbert Alexander Young

November 3, 2022

Painting of Herbert Young, undated

Herbert Alexander Young (1906-1965) Professor, Dean, College of Letters and Science UC Davis. (Undated photo courtesy of UC Davis Archive.)

Herbert Young son of William Alexander and Aldie Jennings Young, was born October 10, 1906, in San Diego, California, and grew up on a desert farm in the Imperial Valley. After attending...

In Memoriam: Alumna Vera Kistiakowsky

October 27, 2022

Vera Kistiakowsky undated photoUndated photo of alumna Vera Kistiakowsky

Vera Kistiakowsky (9 September 1928 – 11 December 2021) was an American research physicist, teacher, and arms control activist. She was professor emerita at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the physics department and Laboratory for Nuclear Science, and was an activist for women's...

Celebrating 25 years of groundbreaking research at Tan Kah Kee Hall

October 11, 2022

Tan Hall in 2022

It is my pleasure to share this report celebrating the 25th anniversary of Tan Kah Kee Hall at UC Berkeley and honoring the community of alumni and friends whose partnership helped make this extraordinary structure a reality. Dedicated in 1997, Tan Kah Kee Hall is the most recently constructed facility within the seven-building complex that houses Berkeley’s...

Alumna Miriam Elizabeth Simpson

September 2, 2022

Miriam E. Simpson

Undated photograph of Miriam Elizabeth Simpson.

Summary: Miriam Elizabeth Simpson (1894-1991) attended the University of California at Berkeley, earning the A.B. in chemistry in 1915 and the M.A. in 1916. Simpson went on to earn the first Ph.D. in anatomy conferred in the University of California (...

UC Berkeley Chemists and the Periodic Table

January 9, 2019

The 1969 Discovery 104 Team Dimitri Mendeleev, a Russian chemist who in 1869 wrote out the known elements (of which there were 63 at the time) on cards and then arranged them in columns and rows according to their chemical and physical properties is considered the father of the Periodic Table. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of this pivotal moment in science, the UN has proclaimed 2019 the International year of the Periodic Table. Seen here is the element 104 discovery team in 1969.

David Lyon, UC chemistry professor, dies at 89

August 20, 2022

Dorothy Lyons, David Lyons, Clayton Heathcock

Professors David Lyon and Clayton Heathcock with David's wife Dorothy in an undated photograph at a College of Chemistry event. (photograph Michael Barnes)

Professor David Lyon died Dec. 10, 2008 in a Santa Rosa senior citizen home at the age of 89.

David Lyon, a...

In Memoriam: Robert Curl (1933-2022)

July 6, 2022

Robert Curl, 2009

Robert Curl in 2009 at the Science History Institute, Philadelphia. Photo Science History Institute/Douglas Lockard

The College of Chemistry is sad to announce that internationally acclaimed scientist and nanotechnology pioneer Robert Curl who was a Berkeley alum (Ph.D. 1958, Chemistry with Kenneth Pitzer); Nobel laureate in Chemistry, 1996,...

Alumnus John R. Froines, chemist and member of the Chicago Seven, dies at 83

August 17, 2022

John Froines at UCLA

John Froines photographed at UCLA.

John R. Froines (B.S. '63, Chem), a quiet but politically stalwart chemist who stood trial alongside six other antiwar activists — known collectively as the Chicago Seven — on charges of conspiring to incite a riot during the 1968 Democratic National Convention, and who went on to become a pioneering advocate...

William L. Jolly

February 11, 2014

William Jolly with Retorts to Lasers

William Lee Jolly (1927-2014), emeritus professor of chemistry at UC Berkeley, (Ph.D. '52, Chem with Latimer) whose work helped facilitate the renaissance of inorganic chemistry in the United States during the middle of the 20th century, died of heart failure on January 10, 2014, at Kaiser Medical Center in Richmond, CA. He was 86....