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Reed M. Izatt papers

The University Archives is pleased to announce the availability of the Reed M. Izatt papers (UA 5654). Reed McNeil Izatt was born in Logan, Utah on October 10, 1926. He was a chemistry professor at Brigham Young University from 1956 to 1993. He received his Bachelor of Sciences at Utah State University in 1951, his PhD. in Chemistry from Pennsylvania State University in 1954. He worked for two years at the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research from 1954 to 1956, when he joined the chemistry faculty at Brigham Young University. He focused his research on macrocyclic chemistry and calorimetry. He was influential in establishing Brigham Young University’s Thermochemical Institute in 1969. He helped organize the Macrocycle Symposium that had chemists attend from all over the world since 1977. He also taught graduate and undergraduate classes at Brigham Young University and at the University of Pittsburgh. Izatt retired from the Brigham Young Univeristy in 1993.

The Izatt papers contain class notes, correspondence, conference schedules, research notes, and paper proposals related to Izatt’s career as a chemist and professor at Brigham Young University. The materials cover the many research projects and conferences that Izatt was involved with. Materials related to Izatt’s classes and teaching at Brigham Young University are included. Correspondence relating to research, awards, publications and univeristy activities are also included. The Izatt papers are a rich trove of material for studying the challenges involved in developing a world-class research program at Brigham Young University, the involvement of undergraduate students in scientific research programs, and the history of the Thermochemical Institute.

If you would like to know more about the Izatt papers, contact the University Archivist at (801) 422-5821 or gordon_daines@byu.edu.

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