Joseph F. Bunnett | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 94 Issue 29 | p. 36 | Obituaries
Issue Date: July 18, 2016

Joseph F. Bunnett

Department: ACS News
Joseph F. Bunnett
Credit: Bunnett Family
Photo of Joseph F. Bunnett.
Joseph F. Bunnett
Credit: Bunnett Family

Joseph F. Bunnett, 93, died on May 23, 2015, in Santa Cruz, Calif.

“Joe Bunnett was an internationally renowned physical organic chemist best known for his seminal work on the mechanisms of nucleophilic aromatic substitution reactions. He received numerous awards from scientific societies, including the 1992 James Flack Norris Award in Physical Organic Chemistry. He was one of the pioneer builders of the newly created campus of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and its chemistry department. He was also an outstanding teacher and mentor.”—Claude F. Bernasconi, former student and colleague

Most recent title: emeritus professor of chemistry, University of California, Santa Cruz

Education: B.S., chemistry, Reed College, 1942; Ph.D., chemistry, University of Rochester, 1945

Survivors: son, Alfred, and two grandsons


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