My Life in the Golden Age of Chemistry

My Life in the Golden Age of Chemistry

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A giant in the field and at times a polarizing figure, F. Albert Cottona€™s contributions to inorganic chemistry and the area of transitions metals are substantial and undeniable. In his own words, My Life in the Golden Age of Chemistry: More Fun than Fun describes the late chemista€™s early life and college years in Philadelphia, his graduate training and research contributions at Harvard with Geoffrey Wilkinson, and his academic career from becoming the youngest ever full professor at MIT (aged 31) to his extensive time at Texas AaM. Professor Cottona€™s autobiography offers his unique perspective on the advances he and his contemporaries achieved through one of the most prolific times in modern inorganic chemistry, in research on the then-emerging field of organometallic chemistry, metallocenes, multiple bonding between transition metal atoms, NMR and ESR spectroscopy, hapticity, and more. Working during a time of generous government funding of science and strong sponsorship for good research, Professor Cottona€™s experience and observations provide insight into this prolific and exciting period of chemistry. Offers personal and often wry perspective from this prominent chemist and recipient of some of sciencea€™s highest honors: the U.S. National Medal of Science (1982), the Priestley Medal (the American Chemical Society's highest recognition, 1998), membership in the U. S. National Academy of Sciences and corresponding international bodies, and 29 honorary doctorates Details the background behind the development and emergence of groundbreaking research in organometallic chemistry and transition metals Provides beautifully-written and engaging insight into a qGolden Age of Chemistryq and the work of historically renowned chemistsOn October 17, 2006, Al had gone out for his morning walk as he always did on Tuesday mornings. Al was a creature of habit: on ... In his usual manner, Al left me with just as many questions as answers. He would indicate that a€œwe have aanbsp;...

Title:My Life in the Golden Age of Chemistry
Author: F. Albert Cotton
Publisher:Elsevier - 2014-08-19

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