Obituary: Stephen F. Nelsen | February 5, 2018 Issue - Vol. 96 Issue 6 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 96 Issue 6 | p. 35 | Obituaries
Issue Date: February 5, 2018

Obituary: Stephen F. Nelsen

Department: ACS News
Keywords: ACS News, obituaries
Credit: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Photo of Stephen Nelsen.
Credit: University of Wisconsin, Madison

Stephen F. Nelsen, 77, died on Sept. 23, 2017, in Madison, Wis.

“Steve joined the chemistry faculty at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1965, immediately after receiving his Ph.D. at Harvard with P. D. Bartlett. Steve maintained an international reputation as a physical organic chemist, studying radicals, radical ions, and electron transfer. Steve was a marvelous mentor to his ­students, striking just the right blend of ­enthusiasm, ­encouragement, and sage advice for students to satisfy his high standards. Steve also possessed a deep knowledge of history and was a scholar of the mushrooms native to Wisconsin. He was appointed emeritus professor upon his retirement in 2012. His sarcasm and crusty surface hid a heart of gold.”—Robert McMahon, friend and colleague

Most recent title: professor emeritus of chemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Education: B.S., chemistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1962; Ph.D., chemistry, Harvard University, 1965

Survivors: wife, Adrienne; daughter, Erika

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