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ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)

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Abstract Volume 18 (2013) pp 179-195
DOI 10.1007/s00897132495

Louis C. W. Baker (1921–2003), A Personal Tribute from His Wife, Grateful Students, and Colleagues on the 10th Anniversary of His Death

George B. Kauffman* and Violet E. S. Baker

Department of Chemistry, California State University, Fresno, Fresno, CA 93740-8034,; 3718 Huntington St., NW, Washington, DC 20015-1818;

Published: 12 July 2013

Abstract. Louis C. W. Baker, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at Georgetown University and a world-renowned inorganic chemist and educator, died on April 15, 2003, ten years ago, in Washington, DC. This article discusses the family background that molded and influenced him and his personal and professional life and work, with an emphasis on his research on heteropoly compounds, mentoring of students, and activities in scientific societies.ect to the graduate teaching assistants and how their interactions with students, attitudes towards inquiry learning, and educational philosophies evolved during the semester.

Key Words: Chemistry and History; inorganic chemistry; coordination chemistry; heteropoly compounds; chemical education; biography; role of mentors

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