Oral History Center - UC Berkeley Library

Kenneth Sanborn Pitzer: Chemist and Administrator at UC Berkeley, Rice University, Stanford University, and the Atomic Energy Commission 1935-1997

Interviewee(s):
Pitzer, Kenneth Sanborn
Interviewer(s):
Hughes, Sally Smith
LaBerge, Germaine
Title:
Kenneth Sanborn Pitzer: Chemist and Administrator at UC Berkeley, Rice University, Stanford University, and the Atomic Energy Commission 1935-1997
Abstract:
Childhood and education in Pomona, B.S. from Caltech; College of Chemistry, UC Berkeley, 1935-1997; graduate student years, G. N. Lewis, William Giauque, Wendell Latimer; postwar expansion and reorganization of the college; Director of Research, Atomic Energy Commission, 1949-1951; research: internal rotation in ethane, ring molecules, corresponding states, relativistic effects on molecular properties, spin species conversion in methane, other condensed state research, ion interaction equations for aqueous electrolytes, Pitzer equations for concentrated solutions; discusses teaching and scientific collaborations, committee work, the research process; presidency of Rice University, 1961-1968, Stanford University, 1968-1970. Includes an interview with JEAN MOSHER PITZER on faculty wives, College of Chemistry, years at Stanford, and includes interviews conducted at Rice University on Rice presidency.
Subject area(s):
Science, Technology, and Health
Education and University of California
Interview date(s):
1996 1997 1998
Project:
Education and University of California - Individual Interviews
Oskicat record:
b10375669
Rights:
Pitzer, Kenneth Sanborn. "Kenneth Sanborn Pitzer: Chemist and Administrator at UC Berkeley, Rice University, Stanford University, and the Atomic Energy Commission 1935-1997." Interview by Sally Smith Hughes and Germaine LaBerge in 1996, 1997 and 1998. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 1999.