150th Chemistry

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


Happy 100th Birthday Gilman Hall

Gilman hall 1909 concept sketch

image: 1909 conceptual sketch of Gilman Hall by John Galen Howard, campus supervising architect, 1901-1922

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Rollie John Myers

March 11, 2020

Rollie John Myers

By David E. Wemmer

Professor Rollie John Myers Jr. was born on July 15, 1924, in Hastings, Nebraska, where his father was also born, and passed away on September 12, 2016, at age 92. His family prospered in Nebraska, thanks to automobiles...

Frederick Cottrell

March 17, 2020

Frederick CotrellUndated portrait of Frederick Gardner Cottrell (Smithsonian)

From the about section of the Research Corporation For Advance Science>

A native of Oakland, California, Frederick Gardner Cottrell (1877-1948) early revealed the intense scientific curiosity and drive...

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,...

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...