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Jacob Bigeleisen, 1919-2010

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91, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, State University of New York at Stony Brook, died of pulmonary disease on August 7, 2010. Bigeleisen was born in Paterson, NJ. He received his undergraduate degree from New York University (AB 1939). After graduate studies at Washington State University (MS 1941), where he worked with Otto Redlich, he went to University of California, Berkeley (PhD 1943), where he was one of the last students of G. N. Lewis. He joined the Manhattan Project at Columbia University in 1943. Bigeleisen held postdoctoral fellowships at Ohio State University (1945-6) and the University of Chicago (1946-8), before joining the Chemistry Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory (1948-68). He then moved to the University of Rochester (1968-78, Chairman 1970-75, Tracey Harris Professor 1973-8), and finally The State University of New York at Stony Brook (Vice President Research and Dean of Graduate Studies 1978-80, Leading Professor of Chemistry 1978-89, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus 1989-2010). 

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