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From Coello to Inorganic Chemistry

A Lifetime of Reactions

Basolo, Fred

2002, XXII, 245 p.

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From the reviews:
"This is a story, told engagingly by one of the greatest inorganic chemists of the 20th century, about love of family, friends, and the joy of doing science. Fred Basolo introduces us to the world of coordination chemistry through his own close associations and collaborations with other pioneers of the field, and he shares with us his many exciting experiences both in research and teaching. It is a wonderful story that chemists young and old will greatly enjoy. Those of us lucky enough to say that he was our teacher will recognize that, once again, he is teaching, but now on a grander scale. His biography is a must read for any and all who have ever experienced the thrill of doing chemistry."
(Professor Harry Gray, California Institute of Technology)
"This book is delightful, attractive, and instructive. Fred Basolo guides the reader from the beginning of his career as a graduate student at the University of Illinois to his professorship at Northwestern University. A large portion of inorganic chemistry was initiated by Fred's group at Northwestern. Young chemists have a great deal to learn from this book, and less young ones have a unique opportunity to get acquainted with, or remember, important details and to detect sometimes unsuspected connections between scientifically related facts. Highly recommended reading."
(Professor Fausto Calderazzo, Università di Pisa, Italy)
"The book is enthusiastically recommended to chemists, both young and established, particularly to inorganic chemists and historians of chemistry[...] Attractively produced autobiography[...] "
(Inorganica Chimica Acta, 342, 2003)
"The book is remarkably free of typographical error, but perhaps "Workship" on p. 230 is intentional. It is said that to write a research paper entails `telling a story' - this fascinating book shows that Fred is an accomplished storyteller."
(A.B.P. Lever in Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 247, 2003)

 

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