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Oral history interview with Andrew Streitwieser

  • 1981-Jan-22

Oral history interview with Andrew Streitwieser

  • 1981-Jan-22

Andrew Streitwieser begins this interview by describing his family, early education, and undergraduate days at Columbia University. He then discusses his graduate education at Columbia, stressing the influence of William Doering upon his work, and his research on molecular orbital theory as a fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Finally, Streitwieser describes the emergence of organic chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, and his own ambitious and productive research program there.

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Place of interview
  • 38 pages
  • 02:03:00
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  • Science History Institute
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  • Courtesy of Science History Institute

About the Interviewer

Leon Gortler is a professor of chemistry at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. He holds AB and MS degrees from the University of Chicago and a PhD from Harvard University where he worked with Paul Bartlett. He has long been interested in the history of chemistry, in particular the development of physical organic chemistry, and has conducted over fifty oral and videotaped interviews with major American chemists.

Institutional location

Oral history number 0007

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Interviewee biographical information

  • June 23, 1927
  • Buffalo, New York, United States
  • February 23, 2022


Year Institution Degree Discipline
1948 Columbia University AB Chemistry
1950 Columbia University MA Chemistry
1952 Columbia University PhD Chemistry

Professional Experience

University of California, Berkeley

  • 1952 to 1963 Instructor to Associate Professor
  • 1963 to 1983 Professor
  • 1964 to 1965 Fellow, Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science
  • 1979 to 1980 Fellow, Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science


Year(s) Award
1958 to 1962 Fellow, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
1959 to 1960 Faculty Fellow, National Science Foundation
1967 ACS Award in Petroleum Chemistry, American Chemical Society
1969 Guggenheim Fellow
1976 Senior Scientist Award, Humboldt Foundation
1982 Physical Organic Chemistry Award, American Chemical Society

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The published version of the transcript may diverge from the interview audio due to edits to the transcript made by staff of the Center for Oral History, often at the request of the interviewee, during the transcript review process.

Complete Interview Audio File Web-quality download

4 Separate Interview Segments Archival-quality downloads