Record Group 64 - Faculty Collections

William J. le Noble Collection

RG 64/44

Collection Description

1 cubic ft.

Published articles and books authored by Dr. William J. le Noble, Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemistry, Stony Brook University.

B.S., 1949, Chemical Engineering, Advanced Technical School, Dordrecht, the Netherlands; Ph.D., 1957, University of Chicago; Postdoctoral Research Associate, 1958, Purdue University; author, Highlights of Organic Chemistry; Senior Editor, Journal of Organic Chemistry, 1978-1989.

Area of scholarship: "Our research in stereochemistry is concerned with electronic control of face selection. Whenever in an organic reaction a group or atom is added to a trigonal carbon atom and conversely, one is eliminated from a tetragonal atom, nature must decide at which face this addition or elimination will occur. Past studies of the factors controlling the outcome have been complicated and rendered uncertain by the fact that the probes used generally had sufficient conformational freedom to leave the results in doubt; however, steric effects clearly do influence them. To see the electronic factor, it is necessary not only to freeze out conformational flexibility but also to render the two faces sterically equivalent. The probes used in our studies, 5-substituted 2-adamantylidene derivatives, have this unique combination of qualities." (source: http://www.chem.sunysb.edu:81/faculty/wlenoble.htm)

Organization: articles are filed in the order in which they were published. Books have been separated and can be located in STARS, the University Libraries online catalog.

Donated by Dr. William J. le Noble in April 2012.

Processed by Kristen J. Nyitray, Head, Special Collections and University Archives/University Archivist, April 2012.

Biographical Note
Box and Folder List

Biographical Note

William J. le Noble was born July 19, 1928 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, where he spent his early years. He graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Advanced Engineering School in Dordrecht in 1949. After emigrating in the same year, he served in the U.S. Army in Korea until 1953. Subsequently he attended the University of Chicago, where he graduated in 1957 with a thesis project supervised by the late Professor G.W. Wheland. After a postdoctoral stint with the late Professor N. Kornblum at Purdue, he joined the faculty at Stony Brook, which was then in its third year of operation. He is now Professor Emeritus of Chemistry; his service to the Department of Chemistry has included a term as chair, He is the author of 175 publications including several chapters, a graduate level text (Highlights of Organic Chemistry), two articles invited by the Encyclopedia of Science and Technology ("Resonance" and "Physical Organic Chemistry") and one by the Encyclopedia of Life Sciences ("Organic Reaction Mechanisms").

His two principal research interests have been the use of pressure as a tool in mechanistic investigations, and stereochemistry. He has served as Visiting Professor at the Universities of Amsterdam, Groningen and Len in the Netherlands, of Oulu in Finland and of Oita in Japan. He was awarded a Senior U.S. Scientist Award by the Humboldt Foundation in 1985 , and a Senior Scientist Award by Mombusho (Japan Ministry of Education and Science) in 1987. His colleagues in high-pressure chemistry both in the U.S. and abroad honored him recently with a Special Issue of the journal High Pressure Chemistry. He served as Senior Editor of the Journal of Organic Chemistry under Professor F.D. Greene from 1977-1988, and he jas held the same position with the Recueil de Travaux Chimiques des Pays-bas.

Box and Folder List


Box 1

  • biographical information
  • photograph of Dr. William J. le Noble
  • bibliography
  • correspondence and assorted reference files

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  • publications numbered 1 through 129

Box 2

  • publications numbered 130 to 159

Box 3

  • publications numbered 160 to 175
  • "Lecture Notes," 1969 to 1970 for the courses Chemistry 101 and Chenistry 102