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January 9, 2012
Sidney W. Benson Former USC chemistry professor Sidney W. Benson, 93, a chemistry professor who was scientific co-director of USC's Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute, died Dec. 30 at his home in Brentwood of complications from a stroke, the university announced. From 1977 to 1989, Benson oversaw the Hydrocarbon Research Institute with fellow chemistry professor George A. Olah, who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1994. The privately funded institute was established to conduct research in organic chemistry and physical chemistry labs for use by chemical, petroleum, gas and power industries as well as governmental agencies.
A Swiss chemist and a French physicist were awarded the 1991 Nobel Prizes in their fields Wednesday, the first time since 1971 that Americans have been shut out from the two prestigious awards. Pierre-Gilles de Gennes of the College de France in Paris received the physics award for his studies of the behavior of a wide range of materials, particularly the "liquid crystals" that are commonly used in the displays of calculators and watches. Richard R.
October 13, 1999 | K.C. COLE, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
Caltech chemist Ahmed H. Zewail won the Nobel Prize for chemistry Tuesday for finding a way to freeze-frame the private matings of molecules using ultra-fast laser probes, a technique with the potential to revolutionize everything from dentistry to microelectronics.
August 27, 2006
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December 5, 1995 | TIM MAY
Mission College chemistry students have begun what they hope will become an annual Christmas tradition: building a "chemist-tree." The tree, which was unveiled Monday night in the college's north atrium, is decorated with test tubes, beakers and flasks filled with green and red liquids. The top of the tree is decorated with a model of atomic orbitals.
June 26, 1989 | From staff and wire reports
Physical chemist Norman R. Davidson of Caltech last week was named the winner of the 1989 Robert A. Welch Award in Chemistry. The award, which carries a $225,000 prize, is considered one of the most prestigious in chemistry. Davidson used the techniques of physical chemistry to devise new ways to visualize, isolate, and manipulate segments of DNA, the genetic blueprint of life. In particular, he and his students devised a technique for attaching labels to individual chemicals in DNA so they could be viewed under a microscope.
March 20, 1998
Sir Derek H.R. Barton, 79, who won the 1969 Nobel Prize in chemistry. Barton was honored as a Nobel laureate for his research on conformational chemistry, which changed the two-dimensional view of chemical structure by adding a third dimension. The research altered the way chemists think about the shape and reactivity of molecules. Barton, the author of more than 1,000 research articles, was a professor of chemistry at Texas A&M University, where he worked on reactions involving the oxidation of hydrocarbons.
April 18, 1990
A chemist at Caltech in Pasadena on Tuesday was named one of two nationwide recipients of the 1990 Welch Award in Chemistry, given for research that has a positive influence on mankind. The award will be presented Oct. 22 to John D. Roberts of Caltech and William von Eggers Doering of Harvard University. Welch Foundation President Jack S. Josey said the pair have been major intellectual forces in the creation of modern physical organic chemistry for more than 40 years.
October 28, 1990
Melissa Fontes is suing the Irvine Unified School District because she is not allowed to participate in cheerleading due to an F in chemistry. Egad! Why can't Johnny read? As long as he can hire a lawyer, why bother? If cheerleading is really more important than chemistry, perhaps we should tear down our school and put down padded mats in the vacant lots. At least we will have well-prepared candidates for the several hundred professional cheerleading positions in the country.
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