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Vincent van Gogh: Chemicals, Crises, and Creativity. (Presentation copy, inscribed by Arnold to Harvard organic chemist William Doering.)

ARNOLD, Wilfred Niels (1936-):

ISBN 10: 3764336161 / ISBN 13: 9783764336165
Published by Boston, etc.: Birkhäuser, 1992., 1992
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Frontispiece, 332 pp; illus. Original cloth. Near Fine, in near fine dust jacket. Inscribed: 'Best wishes to/Dr. William Doering/Wilf. Arnold/July 15, 2002'. Beneath the inscription Arnold has drawn a figure resembling a chemical diagram. 'William von Eggers Doering (June 22, 1917 – January 3, 2011) was a Professor Emeritus at Harvard University and the former Chair of its Chemistry Department. Prior to joining the Faculty at Harvard, he was a member of the Chemistry Faculties of Columbia University (1942–1952) and Yale (1952–1968). He is known in the field of organic chemistry for his work on quinine total synthesis with Robert Burns Woodward. Some people think, as Woodward, he should have been awarded the Nobel Prize for this work. Having published his first scientific paper in 1939 and his last in 2008, he holds the rare distinction of having authored scholarly articles in eight different decades. In 1990, he received the Robert A. Welch Award in Chemistry and in 1989, he received the 'James Flack Norris Award in Physical Organic Chemistry' of the American Chemical Society. Some of his discoveries include the structure elucidation of the tropylium cation, the discovery of dichlorocarbene, bullvalene and fulvalene and the discovery of the mechanism of the Baeyer–Villiger oxidation' (Wikipedia). Bookseller Inventory # 21635a

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Title: Vincent van Gogh: Chemicals, Crises, and ...

Publisher: Boston, etc.: Birkhäuser, 1992.

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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As a five year old I encountered a picture of a young man in a rakish hat and a yellow coat, on the wall of a large classroom. There was something instantly intriguing about the image, but it was also puzzling because it represented neither politician nor prince, the usual fare for Australian school decorations. I was eventually told that this was a reproduction of a painting, the artist was Vincent van Gogh, and that the subject was some young Frenchman. On special days we assembled in that room and during the next several years I found myself gazing beyond visiting speakers at the fellow in the yellow jacket. It was almost another fifty years before I felt properly conversant with the portrait and realized that van Gogh's subject, Armand Roulin, was seventeen at the time ofthe original painting and had died at seventy-four during my schoolboy contemplations. In the interim my enjoyment of the works of the Impressionists and Post Impressionists had grown and I occasionally ran into the name of Dr. Gachet, Vincent's last attending physician, in books and catalog essays. The doctor was my entree to the overlapping charms of medical and art histories. In 1987 I had the good fortune to participate as a biochemist in the centenary celebration of the Pasteur Institut in Paris.

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Wilfred Arnold is presently Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

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