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Myron Rosenblum Notebooks


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Myron Rosenblum (1925-2016) was an American organic chemist. Born in New York City in 1925, Rosenblum served in the United States Army from 1943 to 1946. After his military service, he earned his B.A. degree in Chemistry from Columbia University (1949) and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University (1954). At Harvard, Rosenblum studied under American organic chemist and 1965 Nobel Prize winner Robert Burns Woodward. While working with Woodward, he conducted research that verified Woodward's belief that the iron compound ferrocene has a sandwich molecular structure. After receiving his Ph.D., Rosenblum served as a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University (1954-1956). From 1956 to 1958, he served as an Assistant Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

In 1958, Rosenblum joined the faculty of Brandeis University's Department of Chemistry. He rose through the department's ranks, serving as Assistant Professor of Chemistry (1958-1966) and Professor of Chemistry (1966-1997). While at Brandeis, Rosenblum also served as Department Chairman for a year and held the Charles Breskin Professor of Chemistry Chair (1987-1997). He retired from Brandeis in 1997.

Rosenblum was a noted authority on transition metal organometallic chemistry. He conducted extensive research on the chemistry of ferrocene, the chemistry of organoiron complexes, and the synthesis of metallocene polymers and oligomers. He was also the author of several science journal articles and the book The Iron Group Metallocenes.

Myron Rosenbloom passed away on January 29, 2016.


Foxman, Bruce and Richard D.A, Hudson. "Myron Rosenblum (1925-2016)."

Myron Rosenblum Collection, Science History Institute Archives, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Arranged chronologically by date, this collection consists of two bound laboratory notebooks created by American organic chemist Myron Rosenblum. At the time of their creation, Rosenblum was a graduate student at Harvard University's Chemistry Department and was studying under American organic chemist and 1965 Nobel Prize winner Robert Burns Woodward. The notebooks document research conducted by Rosenblum under Woodward between August 6, 1950 through April 13, 1953. Of particular note in these notebooks is the documentation of Rosenblum's research on the iron compound ferrocene, which he commenced on January 16, 1952 at the request of Woodward. Rosenblum's research verified Woodward's belief that ferrocene has a sandwich molecular structure, which is composed of an iron atom nested between two clopentadienyl rings with each of the carbon atoms being bonded by dashed lines in the central metal.

The Myron Rosenblum Notebooks were donated to the Science History Institute (formerly the Chemical Heritage Foundation) by Myron Rosenblum in March 2002.

The Myron Rosenblum Notebooks were processed by Kenton G. Jaehnig in June 2024.

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Collection Inventory

Rosenblum, Myron - Notebook - Harvard University, 1950 August 6-1952 February 26.
Box 1 Book 1
General Note

Rosenblum's research on ferrocene at Robert Burns Woodward's request commenced on January 16, 1952.

Rosenblum, Myron - Notebook - Harvard University, 1952 March 17-1953 April 13.
Box 1 Book 2

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