150th Celebration

James Cason

March 10, 2020

James Cason

By Jane Scheiber, College of Chemistry

James Cason, an emeritus professor of chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, died Nov. 3 at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley after a short illness. He was 91.

For almost...

Ignacio Tinoco Jr.

March 25, 2020

Ignacio Jr. Tinoco

By Kerry Grens

Ignacio (Nacho) Tinoco, a chemist at the University of California, Berkeley, who pioneered methods to understand the structures of RNA, died last month (...

Paul Allan Barlett

March 26, 2020

Paul Allan BarlettEmeritus Professor Paul A. BARTLETT grew up in New England, did his schooling in the Boston area, and graduated with an A.B. (Phi Beta Kappa) and...

Peter Armentrout

March 26, 2020

Peter Armentrout

Professor Armentrout (at the College of Chemistry from 1981 to 1986 before moving to University of Utah) was born in Dayton, Ohio on March 13, 1953. He received a B.S. degree with highest honors in 1975 from Case Western Reserve...

A forgotten legacy: How nuclear reactors built for war transformed peacetime science

July 28, 2020

X-10 Reactor at Oak Ridge, Tenn, WWII

Workers load uranium slugs into the X-10 Graphite Reactor at Oak Ridge in 1943. Image: Ed Westcott/US Army/Manhattan Engineer District.

On July 16 this year, on what marks the 75th anniversary of the first nuclear bomb test, a patient may go to the doctor for a heart scan. A student may open her...

Neil Bartlett

March 20, 2020

Neil Bartlett

By Michael Barnes

Neil Bartlett, a renowned emeritus professor of chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, whose groundbreaking experiments challenged the prevailing views of the nature of noble gases,...

Robert George Bergman

March 20, 2020

Robert George Bergman

Robert G. Bergman was born in Chicago, Illinois, on May 23, 1942. After completing his undergraduate studies in chemistry at Carleton College in 1963, he received his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin in 1966 under the direction of Jerome A....

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...

Wendell Mitchell Latimer

March 26, 2020

Wendell Mitchell Latimer

By J. H. Hildebrand, K. S. Pitzer, and R. E. Powell

Wendell Mitchell Latimer was one of Gilbert N. Lewis' happiest selections for the building of the Department of...

Donald Sterling Noyce

March 26, 2020

Noyce, Donald Sterling

By Yvette Subramanian

Donald S. Noyce, a professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, and former associate dean of undergraduate affairs in the College of Chemistry, died at his home on Nov. 3 at the age of 81. He was a highly regarded teacher and an organic chemist who loved to...