150th Celebration

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....

Earl Leonard Muetterties

March 20, 2020

Earl Muetterties

By K. N. Raymond, R. A. Andersen, R. G. Bergman, and A. M. Stacy

Earl Muetterties died of cancer on January 12, 1984, at the age of 56. Although he had been at Berkeley for only six years, his contributions to the Berkeley Chemistry Department were important and lasting. His lifetime contributions to the science of chemistry, first as a research worker and later as a...

Berkeley Chemistry: 1868 to the Present

Original Chemistry Building 1897 between mining and the library

First dedicated chemistry building (in the middle) between the first mining building on the left and the library on the right; c. 1897 photo by William Letts Oliver, or his son. courtesy Bancroft Library.

Chemistry has been part of Berkeley...

C. Judson King of Berkeley

February 27, 2022

This article was first published in Chemical Engineering Education, Vol. 39 No. 3, Summer 2005 (p178-182); © 2005 American Society for Engineering Education. It is reprinted here by permission of the publisher.

C. Judson King

In the middle of the UC Berkeley campus, next to the Main...

Theoretical chemist Robert Harris has passed away

July 12, 2022

Robert Harris at UC Berkeley circa 1980s

(image: Robert Harris in his office circa 1980s. Photo: Dennis Galloway)

Douglas Clark announced today that Robert (Bob) A. Harris, cherished colleague and professor emeritus of chemistry, passed away on Sunday, July 10, 2022 at the age of 85.

Bob was born August 9, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois. He...

Tan Kah Kee Hall

March 23, 2021

Tan Kah Kee Hall

Tan Kah Kee Hall sits to the right of Latimer Hall at the corner of the College of Chemistry complex. (Photo by Marge d'Wylde)

The newest research facility for chemical engineering and chemistry at UC Berkeley was dedicated Saturday, April 12, 1997.

Tan Kah Kee Hall (Tan Hall), was designed primarily to support research and graduate education in fields...

The Women Written Out of Nuclear Science

January 10, 2022

Periodic Table graphic

Illustration of the Periodic Table including the heavy elements. (Adobestock)

Margaret Melhase Fuchs, 1941...

The first women chemists at Cal

February 5, 2018

Early Women Chemistry Scientists at Cal The College salutes the pioneer women chemistry faculty at Cal. Both as scientists, and as early faculty members at the University, they helped to pave the way for the next generations of women faculty and students.