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Biographical entry Pettit, Rowland (1927 - 1981)

6 February 1927
Port Lincoln, South Australia, Australia
10 December 1981


Rowland Pettit was W. T. Doherty Professor in Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin from 1980 and Head of the Department of Chemistry. He had been at the University since 1957 after several years studying in the United Kingdom. His initial studies were done at the University of Adelaide where he became interested in polynuclear heterocyclic chemistry. Pettit gained international acclaim when he created the iron tricarbonyl complex of cyclobutadiene. He focused his scientific research on organo-transition metal chemistry from then on.



Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of Adelaide
c. 1953 - c. 1955
Education - 1851 Exhibition Scholar at Queen Mary College in London where he completed a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
1957 - 1980
Career position - Instructor, then Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin), USA
Award - Southwest Regional Award received from the American Chemical Society
1973 -
Career position - Member of the National Academy of Sciences, USA
1980 -
Career position - W. T. Doherty Professor in Chemistry at UT-Austin

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  • Bennett, Martin, 'Rowland Pettit: 1927-1981', Chemistry in Australia, 50 (12) (1983), 348-349. Details


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