Fieser, Louis F. (Louis Frederick), 1899-1977

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Birth 1899-04-07
Death 1977-07-25
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Louis Frederick Fieser (1899-1977) and Mary Peters Fieser (1909-1997) were chemists at Harvard University. Louis was the Sheldon Emery Professor of Chemistry, Mary was his co-researcher and co-published with Louis.

From the description of Papers of Louis F. Fieser and Mary Fieser, 1899-1996. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 228506797

Louis Frederick Fieser, 1899-1977, and Mary Peters Fieser, 1909-1997 were chemists at Harvard University. Louis was the Sheldon Emery Professor of Chemistry, Mary was his co- researcher and co-published with Louis, but, except for her status as a student at Radcliffe and a brief period as a research fellow, she had no official standing in the University.

  • 1899: Louis Fieser born April 7 in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1909: Mary Peters born May 27 in Atchison, Kansas
  • 1920: Louis Fieser graduates from Williams College
  • 1920 - 1924 : Louis Fieser pursues graduate studies at Harvard University under James B. Conant
  • 1924: Louis Fieser earns Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard; his thesis is on the oxidation-reduction potential of quinones
  • 1925: Frankfurt-am-Main Frankfurt am Main Relexa Hotel Frankfurt/ Main Umspannwerk Frankfurt am Main - West Frankfurt am Main Express by Holiday Inn Frankfurt-Airport Dorint Novotel Frankfurt Main Taunus Zentrum Kraftwerk West, Frankfurt am Main Rhein-Main Frankfurt Kreisfreie Stadt Frankfurt am Main Frankfurt Airport Bahnhof Frankfurt-Mainkur Volkshochschule Frankfurt am Main Frankfurt Main Flughafen Nh Frankfurt Rhein Main Louis Fieser does post-doctoral work at Frankfurt-am-Main and Oxford University on a Sheldon Traveling Fellowship from Harvard Louis Fieser begins teaching at Bryn Mawr College
  • ca. 1925 - ca. 1930 : Louis Fieser publishes papers on quinone chemistry
  • 1926: Mary Peters begins undergraduate studies at Bryn Mawr; all her chemistry courses are taught by Louis Fieser
  • 1930: Mary Peters graduates from Bryn Mawr, enters Radcliffe College to begin graduate study in chemistry Louis Fieser leaves Bryn Mawr, begins teaching at Harvard
  • 1932: Louis Fieser and Mary Peters (Fieser) marry
  • early-mid 1930's: Fieser/s publish papers on aromaticity
  • 1935: Experiments in Organic Chemistry by Louis F. Fieser is published
  • mid-late 1930s: Fieser/s develop synthetic methods for carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
  • 1936: Mary Peters Fiesers receives MA in Chemistry from Radcliffe First edition of The Chemistry of Natural Products related to Phenanthrene by Louis Fieser is published
  • 1937: Louis Fieser becomes Sheldon Emery Professor at Harvard
  • 1939: Synthesis of Vitamin K is published Louis Fieser receives honorary degree from Williams College
  • ca. 1939 - ca. 1945 : War-related research includes study of quinone anti-malarials and incendiaries
  • 1940: Louis Fieser becomes a member of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 1941: Louis Fieser becomes a member of the American Philosophical Society and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Louis Fieser receives Katharine Berkan Judd Prize for Cancer Research
  • 1942: Research on incendiaries leads to the invention of napalm
  • 1944: Organic Chemistry by Louis F. Fieser and Mary Fieser is published
  • 1953: Louis Fieser receives an honorary degree from the University of Paris
  • 1959: Steroids by Louis F. Fieser and Mary Fieser is published Louis Fieser receives two teaching awards: The American Chemical Society's James Flack Norris Award and The Manufacturing Chemists Association award
  • 1960: Style Guide for Chemists by Louis Fieser and Mary Fieser is published
  • 1963: Louis Fieser receives the American Chemical Society's Nichols Medal
  • 1967: First volume of Reagents for Organic Synthesis edited by Louis Fieser and Mary Fieser is issued
  • 1968: Louis Fieser becomes Emery Professor (emeritus) at Harvard, joins Smith College as Neilson Professor
  • 1971: Mary Fieser receives the American Chemical Society's Garvan Medal
  • 1977: Louis Fieser dies July 25
  • 1996: Harvard dedicates the Louis and Mary Fieser Laboratory for Undergraduate Organic Chemistry
  • 1997: Mary Fieser dies March 22
  • 2004: Volume 22 of Reagents for Organic Synthesis is issued

From the guide to the Papers of Louis F. Fieser and Mary Fieser, 1899-1996., (Harvard University Archives)

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