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Nationality  American
Fields  Chemistry
Alma mater  UCLA
Awards  Priestley Medal
Name  John Roberts
Role  Chemist

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Born  June 8, 1918 (age 97) Los Angeles, California (1918-06-08)
Institutions  Penn State UCLA Harvard MIT Caltech
Doctoral students  Frank J. Weigert George M. Whitesides
Notable awards  ACS Award in Pure Chemistry (1954) Roger Adams Award in Organic Chemistry (1967) Tolman Award (1974) Willard Gibbs Award (1983) Priestley Medal (1987) Welch Award (1990) National Medal of Science (1990) Glenn T. Seaborg Medal (1991) Arthur C. Cope Award (1994) Linus Pauling Legacy Award (2006) American Institute of Chemists Gold Medal (2013)
Education  University of California, Los Angeles (1944)
Books  Basic principles of organic chemistry
People also search for  Marjorie Constance Caserio, George M. Whitesides, Ross Stewart

Notable students  George M. Whitesides

Celebration of life in honor of professor john d roberts

John Dombrowski Roberts (June 8, 1918 – October 29, 2016) was an American chemist. He made contributions to the integration of physical chemistry, spectroscopy, and organic chemistry for the understanding of chemical reaction rates. Another characteristic of Roberts' work was the early use of NMR, the concept of spin-spin coupling.



Roberts received both a B.A. (1941) and Ph.D. (1944) from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has held several positions at the California Institute of Technology, including Division Chairman of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from 1963–68, Dean of the Faculty and Provost from 1980–83 and Institute Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus (1988- ) in the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. He is credited with bringing the first female graduate student, Dorothy Semenow, to Caltech when he moved from MIT. He was a consultant for DuPont Central Research (1950-2008) and for Oak Ridge.

He published his autobiography in 1990, The Right Place at the Right Time. Roberts died on October 29, 2016 at the age of 98 from a stroke.

Awards and honors

Roberts was elected a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1952. He was elected Member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1956 at 38 years old. In 1978, he was elected a Fellow of The Explorers Club. He was awarded the Priestley Medal in 1987, the National Medal of Science in 1990, the Glenn T. Seaborg Medal in 1991, the NAS Award in Chemical Sciences in 1999, the Nakanishi Prize in 2001, the NAS Award for Chemistry in Service to Society in 2009, the Linus Pauling Legacy Award in 2006 and the American Institute of Chemists Gold Medal in 2013. He has received honorary degrees from the University of Munich (1962), Temple University (1964) and the University of Notre Dame. In 1998 he was named by Chemical & Engineering News as one of the 75 most influential chemists in the last 75 years.


  • John D. Roberts; Marjorie C. Caserio (1977). Basic Principles of Organic Chemistry (2nd ed.). W. A. Benjamin. ISBN 0805383298. 
  • John D. Roberts (1961). An Introduction to the Analysis of Spin-Spin Splitting in High-Resolution Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectra. W. A. Benjamin. 
  • John D. Roberts (1961). Notes on Molecular Orbital Calculations. W. A. Benjamin. ISBN 0805383018. 
  • John D. Roberts (1959). Nuclear Magnetic Resonance : Applications to Organic Chemistry. McGraw-Hill Book Company. ISBN 9781258811662. 
  • John D. Roberts; Ross Stewart; Marjorie C. Caserio (1971). Organic Chemistry: Methane to Macromolecules. W. A. Benjamin. ISBN 0805383328. 
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