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John D. Roberts
Born Los Angeles
Nationality USA
Fields Chemistry
Institutions Harvard, MIT, Caltech
Alma mater UCLA
Doctoral students George M. Whitesides
Notable awards Roger Adams Award in Organic Chemistry (1967)

Priestley Medal (1987)
Welch Award (1990)

National Medal of Science (1990)

John D. Roberts (born 8 June 1918) is an award-winning American chemist. He has made contributions to the integration of physical chemistry, spectroscopy and organic chemistry for the understanding of chemical reaction rates.

Roberts received both a B.A. (1941) and Ph.D. (1944) from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has held several positions at the California Institute of Technology, including Division Chairman of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from 1963-68, Dean of the Faculty from 1980-83 and is currently Institute Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus in the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. He is credited with bringing the first female graduate student into the Caltech Chemistry department when he moved from MIT.


Roberts was awarded the Priestley Medal in 1987, the National Medal of Science in 1990, the Glenn T. Seaborg Medal in 1991, the NAS Award in Chemical Sciences in 1999 and has received honorary degrees from the University of Munich, Temple University and the University of Notre Dame.


Roberts, John D. "ABCs of FT-NMR." University Science Books, Sausalito, California, 2000. "JDR." Engineering & Science 1980, 44(2), p. 10.

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