New Volume of the Autograph Books of Tetsuo Nozoe

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  • Published: 24 February 2015
  • Copyright: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA
  • Source / Publisher: The Chemical Record/Wiley-VCH
  • Associated Societies: Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ), Japan
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Tetsuo Nozoe (1902–1996) was a pioneer in non-benzenoid and novel aromatic compounds. He went on several lecture tours throughout Europe and the United States and asked the chemists he met to sign his autograph book. This resulted in a series of nine volumes, containing more than 4000 signatures including chemical structures, drawings, humor, and poetry from chemists and their families over four decades (1953–1994).

The Chemical Record (TCR) started publishing the Nozoe Autograph Books in 2012 in segments in the journal and on a special website together with specially commissioned essays and perspectives. The essays include, for example, narratives where chemists reveal the background for their entries in the Nozoe Autograph Books, or how Nozoe planned his trips in an era of no e-mail and hardly any international telephone usage.

The 15th and final segment of the original Nozoe Autograph Books has just been published. However, the editors have decided that it is too soon to stop this project and have decided to publish an additional volume to the autograph books. The idea was brought to reality together with Nazario Martín, Complutense University, Madrid, Spain, who is the Chairman of this year's International Symposium on Novel Aromatic Compounds (ISNA-16). The ISNA was founded in 1970 by Tetsuo Nozoe, who discovered the first non-benzenoid aromatic compound, hinokitiol.
This year, all attendees of the conference will have the opportunity to “sign” the Nozoe Autograph Books. Everybody else can submit their entry to The Chemical Record. Details for submission can be found below.

All entries will be collected and bound together in an attractive book. This new volume will be donated to the archives of Tohoku University, Japan, the site of Nozoe’s original autograph books. In addition, the pages will be included in Segment #16 of the Nozoe Autograph Books in The Chemical Record.

Picture: Never ending chemistry stemming from the tropolones discovered by Tetsuo Nozoe and his colleagues.
© Nozoe Autograph Books


Also of interest:

The autograph collection:

The entire autograph books as well as the accompanying essays will be free access for at least three years on the web.

Submission Process

  1. Have a look at some of the other entries: (or directly under
  2. Write on a white sheet of paper using black ink. You may optionally use your personal or organization's letterhead. You may be as creative as you wish: greetings, drawings, chemistry, humor, etc. Be encouraged to include a drawing of your favorite compound or the chemistry you are now doing and any text that you wish. Importantly, please both sign the entry and also print clearly your name. And please date and include your institution and location.
  3. Send your inscription to us in one of the following ways:
    1. a) Please scan your inscription (≥300 dpi for best reproduction) and e-mail to [email protected] as a graphics file (.tif, .jpg, .png, .gif, .eps, .bmp) or as a Word file containing only your scan. PDF format can also be accepted, but can in some cases lead to loss of resolution. Please include in the subject line of your e-mail: NOZOE INSCRIPTION.
    2. b) Alternatively, you may mail your inscription to Brian Johnson at the address shown in the essay “The Nozoe Autograph Books: "It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over" (also linked above).

Deadline for receipt: June 30, 2015

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