Jerome A. Berson (1924 – 2017)

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  • Published Date: 23 January 2017
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Professor Emeritus Jerome A. Berson, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA, passed away on January 13, 2017.

Professor Berson's research focused on reaction mechanisms and the synthesis of molecules of theoretical interest, especially π-conjugated non-Kekulé molecules. He also wrote books on the history and philosophy of chemistry.

Jerome A. Berson studied chemistry at the City College of New York and Columbia University, both NY, USA. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia in 1949 under the supervision of William von Eggers Doering. He was a postdoctoral research fellow with Robert Burns Woodward at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA, from 1949 to 1950. Berson joined the University of Southern California in 1950, the University of Wisconsin in 1963, and Yale University in 1969. After his retirement, he remained at Yale as Sterling Professor Emeritus of Chemistry.

Among other honors, Berson received the James Flack Norris Award in Physical Organic Chemistry from the American Chemical Society (ACS) in 1978, the William H. Nichols Medal from the ACS in 1985, the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the ACS in 1992, and the Literature Prize of the German Chemical Industry Fund (Fonds der Chemischen Industrie, FCI) in 2000. He was a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Selected Publications


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