Essay on George Claude Pimentel : The Field Of Chemistry

898 Words Apr 12th, 2016 4 Pages
There are numerous scientists who have positively impacted the field of Chemistry; from Robert Bunsen to George Washington Carver, chemists have and continue to shape the publics knowledge of Chemistry. However, one chemist stands out from all the rest because of his historical, societal, and person significance: George Claude Pimentel. Pimentel’s life, work, and contribution to Chemistry have shaped this field and impacted it in ways that other scientists have not.
Background
George Claude Pimentel was born on May 02, 1922 in Rolinda, California. Pimentel grew up with a love for science and knew as a young boy that he wanted to learn as much as he could about the subject. In 1943, Pimentel earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) (Bancroft Library Staff, 2010). After graduation, Pimentel worked on the Manhattan Project at UC Berkley as well as with the Navy. He then returned to UC Berkeley to complete his graduate work and earned his PhD in 1949. George Claude Pimentel became part of the faculty at Berkeley and achieved the rank of professor after ten years. Dr. Pimentel served as the head of the Chemistry department at Berkeley from 1966 to 1968. After a battle with cancer, Dr. Pimentel died on June 18, 1989 in Kensington, California (General Chemicals, n.d.).
Pimentel’s Work
While Pimentel was knowledgeable in many aspects of Chemistry, his main focuses in the field were infrared spectroscopy, chemical lasers, molecular…

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