A Scholar And a Gentleman | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 85 Issue 6 | p. 4 | Letters
Issue Date: February 5, 2007

A Scholar And a Gentleman

Department: Letters

Attention: academic, industry, government researchers

C&EN would like to hear about the processes that researchers in academia, industry, or government use to write a paper for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. C&EN is interested in, among other things, the dynamics involved. For example, is one person responsible for writing the bulk of a paper? Is there an outline? Does writing involve a blog or wiki? Please contact Rachel Petkewich at r_petkewich@acs.org or (202) 872-7861 by March 15 if you are interested in being interviewed. Replies will be considered for an upcoming article in the magazine.

C&EN recently noted the passing of a good friend, Nelson Leonard, and included reference to his splendid singing voice (C&EN, Nov. 20, 2006, page 96). At the Organic Symposium of 1957, when I was a newly minted assistant professor, I was seated in a room adjoining the main lecture hall from which the speakers' voices were piped to us. During one discussion period, a particularly pithy comment was delivered in a rich baritone from somewhere in the audience. I asked Harold Shechter, who was sitting beside me, if he could identify the unseen speaker. "Don't you recognize that voice?" Schecter asked. "That's Nelson Leonard." A half-century later, during which I often worked closely with Nelson, I can still hear the voice.

These days the phrase "a scholar and a gentleman" is often received with an indulgent smile, but when applied to Leonard, there was nothing funny about it.

Martin StilesParis, Ky.

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