Robert Dunbar | January 22, 2018 Issue - Vol. 96 Issue 4 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 96 Issue 4 | p. 32 | Obituaries
Issue Date: January 22, 2018

Robert Dunbar

Department: ACS News
Keywords: Obits
Credit: Courtesy of Suzi Mason
A photo of Robert Dunbar.
Credit: Courtesy of Suzi Mason

Robert Dunbar, 74, died on Oct. 31, 2017, in Cleveland.

“Robert specialized in basic research, primarily using mass spectrometers, in particular Fourier transform mass spectrometry and ion cyclotron resonance spectrometry, to study topics such as the binding of metal ions, interstellar and circumstellar chemistry, and new approaches to the use of spectroscopy combining a free-electron laser with a mass spectrometer. His research group trained many graduate students who went on to receive doctorates in chemistry and careers in academia and industry. In recent years, Rob continued his research, collaborating with the FELIX (Free Electron Lasers for Infrared eXperiments) laboratory in the Netherlands.”—family of Robert Dunbar

Most recent title: professor emeritus of chemistry, Case Western Reserve University

Education: B.A., chemistry, Harvard University, 1965; Ph.D., chemistry, Stanford University, 1970

Survivors: wife, Mary; sons, Geoffrey and William; two grandchildren

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