If you have an ACS member number, please enter it here so we can link this account to your membership. (optional)

ACS values your privacy. By submitting your information, you are gaining access to C&EN and subscribing to our weekly newsletter. We use the information you provide to make your reading experience better, and we will never sell your data to third party members.



Derek A. Davenport

by Linda Wang
May 29, 2017 | A version of this story appeared in Volume 95, Issue 22

Derek Davenport
Credit: Courtesy of Tamar Susskind
A photo of Derek Davenport.
Credit: Courtesy of Tamar Susskind

Derek A. Davenport, 89, died on April 4 in West Lafayette, Ind.

“He touched the lives, and occasionally altered the career paths, of hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students. He served as chair of the ACS Division of Chemical Education as well as the Division of the History of Chemistry, and he was the recipient of several national awards. Derek traveled extensively, lectured in every state of the Union, and spent two sabbaticals overseas helping establish the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur. He was never one to turn down a good Manhattan, nor the opportunity to provide a colorful lecture (complete with slides) about his experiences in academia, his travels, or his ever-growing collection of Nigerian and Inuit art.”—family of Derek Davenport

Most recent title: professor emeritus of chemistry, Purdue University

Education: B.Sc., chemistry, 1947, and Ph.D., chemistry, 1950, University College London

Survivors: daughter, Susan; sons, Martin and Alan; two grandchildren; long-time companion, Tamar Susskind

To recognize your late loved one or colleague, submit obituary information at


This article has been sent to the following recipient:

Chemistry matters. Join us to get the news you need.