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Abstract Volume 5 Issue 6 (2000) pp 340-342

In Memoriam D. Stanley Tarbell (19131999), Chemist and Historian of Chemistry

George B. Kauffman*

Department of Chemistry, California State University, Fresno, Fresno, CA 93740-8034

Published online: 1 November 2000

Abstract. Dr. Dean Stanley Tarbell, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of chemistry at Vanderbilt University, where he served on the faculty from 1967 to 1981, died on May 26, 1999 in Bolingbrook, Ill. Earlier he taught for many years and chaired the chemistry department at the University of Rochester. In retirement, he and his wife, Ann Tracy Tarbell, researched and wrote articles and books on the history of chemistry in the U.S. For his writings he received the American Chemical Society's Dexter Award for Distinguished Contributions to the History of Chemistry in 1989. He was an avid reader and book collector, a linguist who taught himself Arabic, Russian, and classical Greek, and a lifelong baseball fan.

Key Words:  Chemistry and History; Tarbell

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Issue date: December 1, 2000

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