Jack D. Dunitz (1923 – 2021)

  • Author: ChemistryViews
  • Published Date: 15 September 2021
  • Copyright: Wiley-VCH GmbH
thumbnail image: Jack D. Dunitz (1923 – 2021)

Professor Emeritus Jack D. Dunitz, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) ​Zurich, passed away on September 12, 2021.

Jack Dunitz was well-known for his use of crystal structure analysis as a tool for studying chemical problems. He worked on, e.g., chemical reaction paths, molecular motion, electron density distributions, polymorphism, phase transformations in solids, solid-​state chemical reactions, the analysis of weak intermolecular interactions in condensed phases, virtual crystallography, and crystal structure prediction.

Jack David Dunitz studied chemistry at Glasgow University, UK, where he received his Ph.D. in 1947. He held research fellowships at Oxford University, UK, the California Institute of Technology (CalTech), Pasadena, USA, the U.S. National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA, and the Royal Institution, London, UK, before taking up a post as Professor of Chemical Crystallography at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) ​Zurich in 1957. He remained there until his retirement in 1990.

Among other honors, Dunitz received the Paracelsus Prize from the Swiss Chemical Society (SCS) in 1986, the Gregori Aminoff Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1990, and the Buerger Award from the American Crystallographic Association in 1991. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the Academia Europaea, and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, and a Foreign Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He also was an Honorary Member of the Swiss Society of Crystallography, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the Swiss Chemical Society.

Selected Publications


Article Views: 2512

Sign in Area

Please sign in below

Additional Sign In options

Please note that to comment on an article you must be registered and logged in.
Registration is for free, you may already be registered to receive, e.g., the newsletter. When you register on this website, please ensure you view our terms and conditions. All comments are subject to moderation.

Article Comments - To add a comment please sign in

If you would like to reuse any content, in print or online, from ChemistryViews.org, please contact us first for permission and consult our permission guidance prior to making your request

Follow on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on YouTube Follow on LinkedIn Follow on Instagram RSS Sign up for newsletters

Magazine of Chemistry Europe (16 European Chemical Societies) published by Wiley-VCH