Robert C. Haddon | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 94 Issue 39 | p. 56 | Obituaries
Issue Date: October 3, 2016

Robert C. Haddon

Department: ACS News
Robert Haddon
Credit: L. Duka
Photo of Robert Haddon.
Robert Haddon
Credit: L. Duka

Robert C. Haddon, 73, died on April 21 in Riverside, Calif.

“Robert traveled the long road from Tasmania, Australia, to Pennsylvania, then to AT&T Bell Labs in New Jersey, and finally to California. As a Bell Labs postdoc, he worked with Fred Wudl on organic metals, subsequently becoming a distinguished member of the technical staff. While at Bell Labs, he discovered superconductivity in alkali-metal-doped carbon-60. At the University of California, Riverside, he carried out materials research and made important discoveries in carbon nanotube science. Throughout his career, he maintained a smiling, happy demeanor and was a great friend and colleague. It should not be forgotten that he also had outstanding poker skills, which he displayed periodically.”—Martin Kaplan, colleague and friend

Most recent title: professor of chemistry and environmental engineering, University of California, Riverside; director, Center for Nanoscale Science & Engineering

Education: B.S., chemistry, University of Melbourne, 1966; Ph.D., organic chemistry, Pennsylvania State University, 1971

Survivors: wife, Elena, and two daughters

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