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HUGFP 68.xx

Woodward, R. B. (Robert Burns), 1917-1979. Papers of Robert Burns Woodward : an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: HUGFP 68.xx
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Woodward, R. B. (Robert Burns), 1917-1979
Title: Papers of Robert Burns Woodward, 1873-1980, 1930-1979
Date(s): 1873-1980
Date(s): 1930-1979
Quantity: 1 collection (70.5 cubic feet (224 containers)
Abstract: Robert Burns Woodward (1917-1979), American chemist, Harvard professor, and 1965 Nobel Prize winner, is noted most for his work in organic synthesis.

Acquisitions Information:

  • Accession 09610; received 3 December 1982 from Woodward Family
  • Accession 10968; received 25 November 1986 from Eric Woodward
  • Accession 13012; received 5 December 1984 from International Management
  • Conditions on Access:

    Access restrictions apply to portions of this collection.

    Online access:

    Two items from this collection have been digitized and are available online. Links to the online images accompany the item descriptions.

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    Biography of Robert Burns Woodward

    Robert Burns Woodward (1917-1979), American chemist, Harvard professor, and 1965 Nobel Prize winner, is noted most for his work in organic synthesis.
    Woodward was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, on April 10, 1917, the son of Arthur and Margaret Woodward. He received his elementary and high school education in Quincy public schools, and was graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1937 with both B.S. and Ph.D. degrees. In 1938 Woodward came to Harvard as private assistant to Professor E. P. Kohler and was soon thereafter appointed to the Society of Fellows. In 1941, he became an instructor in chemistry, progressing to an appointment as full professor in 1950. Woodward was appointed Morris Loeb Professor of Chemistry in 1953, and held the Donner Professorship of Science from 1960 until his death on July 8, 1979.

    The following chronology of his work was adapted from that provided by his daughter Crystal Woodward in Art and Elegance in the Synthesis of Organic Compounds: Robert Burns Woodward published in Creative Peogle at Work, Oxford University Press, 1989.

    Professional Chronology of Robert Burns Woodward

    Professional Chronology of Robert Burns Woodward

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    Inventory update

    This document last updated 2016 October 7.

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