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Gerard E. Natarelli, Jr. Collection


Held at: Science History Institute Archives [Contact Us]315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Gerard E. Natarelli, Jr. was an American chemist born on January 30, 1934. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from New York University in 1956, Natarelli served in the United States Army from December 6, 1956 to September 9, 1958. During his time serving in the Army, he worked as a Physical Science Assistant in the Biochemical Research Division, a position that included work with establishing a filing system for chemotherapeutic agents based on chemical and pharmacological properties for use in structure-activity relationship research. Upon the completion of his military service, Natarelli was honorably discharged.

Between 1958 and 1963, Natarelli worked as an Organic Research Chemist for the United States Army Chemical Corps, where he was responsible for researching lethal chemical agents, specifically regarding their synthesis, analysis, and structure-activity relationships. Between 1961 and 1962, he studied with American organic chemist Robert Burns Woodward at Harvard University while on a temporary duty assignment. Natarelli's work with Woodward focused on the elucidation of the structure of natural products of interest to the United States Army Chemical Corps. Natarelli went on to receive his Master of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Delaware in 1963 before leaving his position with the Chemical Corps.

From 1963 to 1965, Natarelli worked in the University of Delaware's Department of Chemistry, where he was tasked with the operation and maintenance of NMR equipment. Starting in 1965, he worked as a Senior Research Associate for Mallinckrodt Chemical Works located in St. Louis, Missouri. His tasks with Mallinckrodt included the planning and establishment of a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) laboratory and an electromagnetic radiation (EMR) laboratory, studying the structural analysis of organic and inorganic compounds, and the design and construction of a wide-range nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) spectrometer used in the research of crystalline organic and inorganic compounds. Natarelli also co-authored several papers and was a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Gerard E. Natarelli, Jr. passed away on July 2, 2003.


Gerard E. Natarelli, Jr. Collection, Science History Institute Archives, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Gerard E. Natarelli, Jr. Collection includes an undated notebook from the University of Delaware Department of Chemistry with six pages of handwritten notes and chemical equations, several pieces of correspondence between Natarelli and several colleges regarding visits that he took between 1967 and 1973. Also included is a diagram from June 22, 1970 detailing the chemical components of sample compound "II – 36C," and an undated temperature conversion scale chart with specifications for an 11W Medium Pressure Steam Hose and a 12B Steam Cleaner Hose printed on the back.

The Gerard E. Natarelli, Jr. Collection was donated to the Science History Institute (formerly the Chemical Heritage Foundation) by Carol C. Natarelli in 2007.

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