William Nunn Lipscomb, Jr. Biography
- Nobel Prize Winner (1976)
William Nunn Lipscomb, Jr. (born December 9,
1919) is an American inorganic chemist, working in experimental and theoretical
chemistry and biochemistry.
He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and received his Bachelor of Science degree at
the University of Kentucky in 1941 and his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the
California Institute of Technology in 1946.
From 1946 to 1959 he taught at the University of Minnesota. Since 1959, he has
been a professor of chemistry at Harvard University.
He deduced the molecular structure of boranes using X-ray crystallography in the
1950s and developed theories to explain their bonds. Later he applied the same
methods to related problems, including the structure of carboranes on which he
directed the research of future Nobel Prize winner Roald Hoffmann. His later
research focuses on the atomic structure of proteins, particularly how enzymes
He is a member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science.
He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1961, and awarded the
Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1976.
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CHEMISTRY PART II.
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Harden Sir Arthur
Sir Walter Norman
Hoff Jacobus Henricus
Kendrew Sir John
Klug Sir Aaron
Kroto Sir Harold
Libby Willard Frank
MacDiarmid Alan G
Marcus Rudolph A
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