John D. Baldeschwieler

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John D. Baldeschwieler
John Baldeschwieler CHF Grand Gala 7 Nov 2008 DAL0077.JPG
At the CHF Grand Gala 2008
Born (1933-11-14) November 14, 1933 (age 85)
Alma materCornell University (B.S., 1956)
University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D., 1959)
Known forMolecular Structure and Spectroscopy
AwardsNational Medal of Science (2000)
Scientific career
InstitutionsHarvard University
Stanford University
California Institute of Technology
ThesisStructure of unstable compounds by matrix isolation techniques (1959)
Doctoral advisorGeorge C. Pimentel
Doctoral studentsJesse L. Beauchamp

John D. Baldeschwieler is an American chemist who has made significant contributions in molecular structure and spectroscopy.

Born on November 14, 1933, in Elizabeth, New Jersey, he was an alumnus of Cornell University (B.S., 1956, Chemical Engineering) and the University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D., 1959).[1] He has taught at Harvard University, Stanford University and currently is the J. Stanley Johnson Professor and Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus at Caltech.[2][3][4][5]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Baldeschwieler's scientific excellence and achievements have been recognized by prestigious awards, including the National Medal of Science, awarded in 2000, "For his imaginative development of new methods for determining the properties, structures, motions and interactions of molecules and molecular assemblies, the translation of these advances into practical pharmaceutical and instrumentation products for the public benefit, and extensive service to his government and the scientific community."[6] He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1970, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1972 and the American Philosophical Society in 1979.

His numerous other honors include:


  1. ^ Baldeschwieler, John Dickson (1960). Structure of unstable compounds by matrix isolation techniques (Ph.D.). University of California, Berkeley. OCLC 29101714 – via ProQuest.
  2. ^ "Caltech Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Directory".
  3. ^ "Interview John D. Baldeschwieler archived by Caltech" (PDF).
  4. ^ Center for Oral History. "John D. Baldeschwieler". Science History Institute.
  5. ^ Brock, David C.; Daemmrich, Arthur (13 June 2003). John D. Baldeschwieler, Transcript of an Interviews Conducted by David C. Brock and Arthur Daemmrich at Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 13 June 2003 (PDF). Philadelphia, PA: Chemical Heritage Foundation.
  6. ^ "The President's National Medal of Science: Recipient Details".

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