DATABASE: Who's Your (Chemistry) Daddy?

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Science  15 Apr 2005:
Vol. 308, Issue 5720, pp. 331
DOI: 10.1126/science.308.5720.331b

Much like genealogy buffs piecing together their ancestry, science historians compile intellectual genealogies that unravel researchers' influences and impact by mapping out their mentors and students. This site reconstructs the intellectual family trees of more than 1500 chemists from the 15th century through the late 20th century. For example, a line runs from chemist Larry Faulkner, who is now the president of the University of Texas, Austin, to the Italian scholar Nicolo da Lonigo (1428–1524). Vera Mainz and Gregory Girolami of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, compiled the database by working backward from faculty lists for 10 major universities, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California, Berkeley, and their own. Click on each chemist to download a PDF with biographical details, a career synopsis, and references.∼mainzv/Web_Genealogy

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