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Jack G. Calvert

by Linda Wang
August 29, 2016 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 94, ISSUE 34

Jack G. Calvert
Credit: Courtesy of the Calvert family
Credit: Courtesy of the Calvert family

Jack G. Calvert, 93, died on June 1 in Knoxville.

“Jack joined the faculty at Ohio State University in 1950. In 1966, Jack coauthored a groundbreaking textbook titled ‘Photochemistry.’ Jack served at OSU as Kimberly Professor of Chemistry until 1981. Jack then joined the National Center for Atmospheric Research, in Boulder, Colo., where he led the atmospheric kinetics and photochemistry group. He was later a visiting scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Jack authored or coauthored approximately 300 scientific publications, completing the last book at age 92. He earned such honors as the Distinguished Research Award from OSU, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, and the Haagen-Smit Prize.”—Mark Calvert, son

Most recent title: visiting scientist, environmental sciences division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Education: B.S., chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, 1944; Ph.D., physical chemistry, UCLA, 1949

Survivors: wife, Doris; sons, Richard and Mark; and six grandchildren

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Dr. Jeffrey S. Gaffney, Emeritus Professor, University of Arkansas at Little Rock (February 2, 2017 2:11 PM)
Jack Calvert was one of the pioneers in photochemistry and atmospheric science. I had the honor of working with him and my thesis advisor, Dr. James N. Pitts, Jr. who has also passed. They wrote the classic "Photochemistry" and the "Guide to the Graduate Student" the latter of which I helped them with designing their cover as a graduate student. Jack Calvert was also a real mentor to students and to his colleagues, always with a word of encouragement for their work and sage advice when times got tough in the research world. He was my mentor, my colleague, and my friend. My sincerest condolences to his family and to the atmospheric chemistry community of which he was one of the founding scientists.

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