150th Chemistry

David Chandler, pillar of physical chemistry, dies at the age of 72

April 26, 2017

Prof. Philip Geissler and the late Prof. David ChandlerDavid Chandler, pillar of the physical chemistry scientific community and Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at the University of California at Berkeley, died April 18, 2017 at the age of 72 at his home in Berkeley, CA after a valiant twenty-year battle with prostate cancer.

Henry Frederick Schaefer, III

March 27, 2020

Henry Frederick Schaefer III

By T. Daniel Crawford

Henry Frederick ‘Fritz’ Schaefer III was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on 8 June 1944, one of three children of Henry F. Schaefer, Jr and Janice Christine Trost. Fritz's parents were both...

William A Lester, Jr., Ph.D. Gets the Star Treatment!

April 2, 2021

Professor Emeritus William A Lester, Ph.D. has participated in The Star Treatment, a prestigious video series hosted by renowned lawyer and television personality, Star Jones.

Dr. Lester, a professor emeritus at the Department of Chemistry at the University of California Berkeley, is no stranger to hard work and dedication. His work has inspired generations of students to love science and strive for excellence. Dr. Lester's journey as a scientist began as an outgrowth of "radio-only" entertainment - he was intrigued by a commercial for DuPont, which stated, "Better things,...

A very strong magnet: QB3-Berkeley’s 900 MHz NMR Facility

March 29, 2021

Graduate student Riley Fricke sits down with Jeff Pelton (Ph.D. '90, Chem) the manager of QB3-Berkeley’s 900 MHz NMR Facility, to discuss the facility and recent research that NMR spectroscopy has helped support.

Jeff Pelton

Jeff Pelton, PhD, the NMR facility manager.

The 900 MHz NMR was installed in 2006 and...

Kenneth Sanborn Pitzer

March 29, 2020

Kenneth Sanborn Pitzer

By Robert E. Connick, William H. Miller, and C. Bradley Moore

Kenneth Sanborn Pitzer, former dean of the College of Chemistry and one of...

Bruce H. Mahan, 1930 - 1982

February 18, 2021
Bruce Mahan

Bruce Mahan was born in New Britain, Connecticut, in 1930. He attended Harvard University both as an undergraduate and as a graduate Ph.D. student. After completing his bachelor's degree in the chemistry department, he decided to carry out his doctoral studies with George Kistiakowsky in physical chemistry....

Scientific glassblower continues century-old campus tradition

February 19, 2021

Jim Breen has been the campus’s glassblower for 18 years. (UC Berkeley video by Roxanne Makasdjian and Stephen McNally)

To find Room B63 in the nondescript, industrial basement of UC Berkeley’s Hildebrand Hall, it’s best to follow your ears. On a recent afternoon, the Troggs’ 1966 rock hit “Wild Thing” led the way. But once inside the door, don’t expect a party, despite the non-stop music and abundant glassware.

This is the College of Chemistry’s Glass Shop, the busy workspace of scientific glassblower Jim Breen. For the past 16 years, the highly-skilled artisan has...

Shop supervisor Eric Granlund retires

June 25, 2018


Shop supervisor Eric Granlund retiresThe College is saying farewell to Eric Granlund, Shop Supervisor. Eric has been at the College since July 1985, concluding 33 years of service with his retirement this month.

Samuel Ruben

January 24, 2020

Samuel Ruben

Samuel Ruben in his lab. Photo from the Seaborg Archive, Lawrence Berkeley Lab. Undated photo, early 1940s.

Samuel Ruben was born in San Francisco, November 8, 1913. He was awarded the B.S. degree in 1935 and the Ph.D. degree in 1938 by the University of California. His death, September 28, 1943, resulted from an accident in the laboratory while he was...

Isadore Perlman

March 31, 2020

Isadore Perlman (left) Frank Asaro (right) Berkeley Lab

Isadore Perlman (left) with associate and Frank Asaro (right), taken January 15, 1964 at Berkeley Lab. Photographer: Donald Cooksey

By Frank Asaro, Joseph Cerny, Samuel S. Markowitz, John O. Rasmussen, and Glenn T. Seaborg

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