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F. Albert Cotton

AKA Frank Abbott Cotton

Born: 9-Apr-1930
Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA
Died: 20-Feb-2007
Location of death: College Station, TX
Cause of death: Cerebral Hemorrhage

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Chemist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Metal-metal bonds

American chemist F. Albert Cotton studied under Nobel laureate Geoffrey Wilkinson, and conducted important research into metal-metal-bonding. He found numerous compounds containing metal atom clusters with single bonds, and discovered the existence of double, triple and quadruple metal-metal bonds. He also studied single crystal X-ray diffraction, and with Wilkinson he co-authored three widely-used chemistry texts. Cotton was perhaps better known in his latter years for his outspoken dismissal of "cold fusion" theory. Though called "Al" by friends and colleagues, his middle name was actually Abbott.

Wife: Diane Dornacher Cotton ("Dee", m. 1959, two daughters)
Daughter: Jennifer Cotton
Daughter: Jane Cotton

    University: Drexel University (attended)
    University: BA Chemistry, Temple University (1951)
    University: PhD Chemistry, Harvard University (1955)
    Teacher: Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1955-61)
    Professor: Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1961-72)
    Professor: Chemistry, Texas A&M University (1972-2007)

    Priestley Medal 1998
    Wolf Prize in Chemistry 2000
    National Medal of Science 1982
    King Faisal International Prize in Science 1990
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    American Chemical Society
    American Philosophical Society
    National Academy of Sciences

Author of books:
Basic Inorganic Chemistry (1955, textbook, with Geoffrey Wilkinson)
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (1962, textbook, with Geoffrey Wilkinson)
Chemistry: An Investigative Approach (1970, textbook, with Geoffrey Wilkinson)
Chemical Applications of Group Theory (1971)


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