Obituary: Philip Coppens | August 7, 2017 Issue - Vol. 95 Issue 32 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 95 Issue 32 | p. 36 | Obituaries
Issue Date: August 7, 2017

Obituary: Philip Coppens

Department: ACS News
Keywords: ACS News, obituaries
Philip Coppens
Credit: Nancy J. Parisi
A photo of Philip Coppens.
Philip Coppens
Credit: Nancy J. Parisi

Philip Coppens, 86, died on June 21 in West Grove, Pa.

“Philip was a giant in his field and pioneered the technique of time-resolved X-ray crystallography, which has become a major area in X-ray science. He was renowned for promoting the discipline, organizing international meetings, and mentoring younger colleagues in his field. Philip taught countless students and researchers at the University at Buffalo and mentored many faculty, myself included. Philip had a dry wit and a great sense of humor.”—David Watson, friend and colleague

Most recent title: distinguished professor, University at Buffalo

Education: B.S., chemistry, 1954, and Ph.D., chemistry, 1960, University of Amsterdam

Survivors: wife, Marguerite; sons, Alon, Eldad, and Daniel; three grandchildren

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