150th Celebration

Edmond O'Neill

March 17, 2020

Edmond O'Neil

After forty-five years of service in the department of chemistry of the University of California, Edmond O’Neill retired with a Carnegie pension on June 30, 1925. He was born in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1858, but the San Francisco Bay region has been his home since 1864. He was graduated from the University of California in 1879 and was appointed instructor in chemistry the...

David Nathaniel Lyon

March 18, 2020

David Lyon with Dorothy Lyon and Clayton Heathcock

David lyon, his wife Dorothy Lyon, and Clayton Heathcock. Photo: College of Chemistry.

David Nathaniel Lyon died December 10, 2008. He was living with his second wife, Dorothy, in a...

Charles Bonner Harris

March 20, 2020

Charles Bonner Harris

By Jennifer Shanoski (Ph.D. '06, Chem)

Charles Bonner Harris was born in New York on April 24, 1940, the first child of Charles J. and Brenda Bonner Harris. Six months later, the family moved to Oak Park,...

Meet our faculty: John Prausnitz

October 20, 2020

John Prausnitz photographed at home 2019

image: John Prausnitz photographed at home in 2011.

John Prausnitz has for sixty-five years been a major intellectual figure in Berkeley chemical engineering, and indeed in chemical engineering worldwide. He is the originator and still the principal academic shepherd of the field of molecular thermodynamics,...

Gerhard Krohn Rollefson

March 31, 2020

By T. D. Stewart, R. E. Connick, and R. E. Powell

Gerhard Rollefson

Gerhard Krohn Rollefson was associated with the University of California at Berkeley as a graduate student and as a member of...

Ermon Dwight Eastman

July 29, 2020

By J.H. Hildebrand, S.C. Pepper, and T.D. Stewart

Ermon Dwight Eastman

Ermon Dwight Eastman, Professor of Chemistry, was born in Marysville, California, November 30, 1891. He attended the Marysville schools through the lower grades and graduated from high school after a final year in the Fremont High School, Oakland. He entered the College of...

William Dulaney Gwinn

March 12, 2020

William Dulaney Gwinn

By Robert E. Connick, Rollie J. Myers, and Richard J. Saykally

William Dulaney Gwinn died from a stroke on May 5, 1997. He came to the University as a graduate student in 1939...

The lost tale of a nuclear scientist's death in a secret San Francisco hospital room

October 24, 2020

Bill Bower and William Twitchell

Image: (l to r) Bill Brower and William C. Twitchell with brazing machine making joint for 184-inch cyclotron coils at Lawrence Berkeley Lab, taken March 8, 1942. Photograph: Donald Cooksey.

William Curtis Twitchell was a genius. Born in Minnesota in 1917,...

Merle Randall

April 1, 2020

1917, chemistry faculty in front of Gilman Hall

Merle Randall is 4th from right in the front row. 1917 in front of Gilman Hall.

By G. K. Rollefson, G. E. K. Branch, and G. E. Gibson

Merle...