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The Papers of Ernest Ludwig Eliel


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Ernest Ludwig Eliel was born in Cologne Germany in 1921. He left Germany in 1938 after living in Scotland, Canada, and Cuba where he received his degree from the University of Havana he came to live in the United States in 1946. In 1948 after receiving his PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Illinois, Urbana he received a teaching appointment at the University of Notre Dame where he remained until 1972. In 1972 he joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a William F. Kenan Jr. Professor of Chemistry. Eliel's specialties are stereochemistry and conformational analysis. His book on stereochemistry called Topics in Stereochemistry is still considered a standard text. Eliel served as president of the American Chemical Society in 1992. In 1996 he was awarded their highest honor, the Priestley Medal. He also recieved the NAS Award for Chemistry in Service to Society in 1997.

For a more detailed inventory, please view this record in our library catalog:

Organized into 6 series: Series 1. General Files. Series 2. Co-workers. Series 3. Publications. Series 4. American Chemical Society (ACS). Series 5. Council of Science Society Presidents (CSSP) 1990-2000. Series 6. Ernest Eliel at the University of Notre Dame 1966-1968.

Elements of Stereochemistry by Ernest L. Eliel with a section on coordination compounds by F. Basolo. New York: Wiley, 1969.

Rather than serving as a career-long retrospective, the collection mainly deals with Eliel's career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There is a small amount of material from his final years at the University of Notre Dame. There is also material relating to his service with the ACS as a council member and as president.

Most of the collection was donated by Dr. Eliel. Two boxes which he had earlier donated to the University of Notre Dame were redirected to CHF at Dr. Eliel's request.

Source of acquisition--Eliel, Ernest L. ; 2007. Method of acquisition--gift;.

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