150th Chemistry

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...

Robert Elwell Connick

March 29, 2020
Robert Elwell Connick By Gabor Somorjai and Judson King Robert (“Bob”) Connick was born July 29, 1917, in Eureka, California, to Florence and Arthur Connick. His father was a banker. When Bob was 12, his family moved to Berkeley. He attended Berkeley High...

William Garfield Dauben

March 3, 2020

William Garfield Dauben

By Paul A. Bartlett, Rollie Myers, and Andrew Streitwieser

William Dauben died in his sleep during the night of January 1, 1997. His death was sudden and unexpected. He was born on...

Frederick Richard Jensen

March 3, 2020

Frederick Richard Jensen

By James Cason, Bruce Rickborn, and Andrew Streitwieser

Frederick Richard (Fritz) Jensen, a long-time member of the Chemistry Department at Berkeley, died after a long and...

George Jura

March 12, 2020

George Jura

Chemistry Professor

By Paul A. Bartlett, Rollie J. Myers, and Andrew Streitwieser, Jr.


Richard Edward Powell

March 11, 2020

Richard Edward Powell

By George Jura, R. E. Connick, A. E. Hutson, and G. A. Somorjai

Shortly after the death of Professor Richard Powell, his brother wrote a...

Charles Robert Wilke

March 5, 2020

Charles Robert Wilke

Professor of Chemical Engineering

By John Prausnitz and Harvey Blanch

Today (2005) every major chemical engineering department in the U.S. offers an academic program in biochemical engineering. In response to the growing importance of biochemistry in the chemical (and related) industries, numerous university...

Henry Rapoport

March 17, 2020

Henry Rapoport

Professor of Chemistry

By James K. Cason, John E. Hearst, J. Clark Lagarias, Walter H. Moos, and Donald S. Noyce

Professor Henry Rapoport was born in...

Willard Frank Libby

January 1, 2020

Willard Libby

By George B. Kauffman, Professor of Chemistry, California State University Fresno

Willard Frank Libby (1908 - 1980) American chemist whose technique of carbon-14 (or radiocarbon) dating provided an extremely valuable tool for archaeologists, anthropologists, and earth scientists. For this development he was honored with the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1960.

Libby, the...