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Abstract Volume 9 Issue 3 (2004) pp 177-181

John C. Bailar, Jr. (1904–1991): Father of American Coordination Chemistry—A Centennial Retrospect

George B. Kauffman*

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

Published online: 29 May 2004

Abstract. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Christian Bailar, Jr. (1904–1991), the undisputed father of American coordination chemistry, this article reviews Bailar’s life and career and discusses his most important contributions: experimental, theoretical, and professional.

Key Words: Chemistry and History; biography; inorganic chemistry; inorganic syntheses; coordination chemistry; stereochemistry; chemistry in the united states; anniversaries

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Issue date: June 1, 2004

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