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Abstract Volume 13 Issue 4 (2008) pp 248-256

Leslie E. Orgel (1927–2007), Pioneer Researcher on the Origin of Life

Jean-Pierre Adloff and George B. Kauffman*

Honorary Professor, Université Louis Pasteur, 63 Rue Saint Urbain, Strasbourg, France F-67100,, Department of Chemistry, California State University, Fresno, Fresno, CA 93740-8034,

Published online: 22 July 2008

Abstract. This obituary-tribute for Leslie E. Orgel (1927–2007), Senior Fellow and Research Professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, where he directed the Chemical Evolution Laboratory, discusses his life and career, particularly his contributions to ligand field theory and studies on the origin of life.

Key Words: Chemistry and History; Biography; Inorganic Chemistry; Coordination Chemistry; Ligand Field Theory; The “RNA World”; Origin of Life; Chemical Evolution; Panspermia; Extraterrestrial Life; Orgel’s Rules

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Issue date: August 1, 2008

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