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Charles J. Pedersen

Charles J. PedersenAKA Charles John Pedersen

Born: 3-Oct-1904
Birthplace: Pusan, Korea
Died: 26-Oct-1989
Location of death: Salem, NJ
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Cremated, East View Cemetery, Salem, NJ

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

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Synthesis of crown ethers

DuPont chemist Charles J. Pedersen discovery of a novel class of chemical compounds called macrocyclic polyethers in 1963, which he called "crown" ethers because of their molecular shape. For competitive reasons his employer delayed publication of his findings until 1967, and he retired two years after the paper was published. The principles and concepts he laid out were adapted by Donald J. Cram, Jean-Marie Lehn, and other scientists to synthesize three-dimensional molecule design, leading to a shared Nobel Prize for Cram, Lehn, and Pederson in 1987. He was of mixed Norwegian and Japanese ancestry, and saw his parents for the last time when he left Yokohama at the age of 17, to attend college in America. He died in 1989.

Father: Brede Pedersen (marine engineer, b. 14-Mar-1865, d. 30-Jan-1932 pneumonia)
Mother: Takino Yasui (b. 9-Sep-1874, m. 1893, d. 31-May-1950)
Brother: John Pedersen (b. 1894, d. 1904 sea accident)
Sister: Astrid Madelein Pedersen (b. 18-Jan-1899, d. 2-Oct-1964)
Wife: Susan Jeanette Ault (b. 8-Nov-1910, m. 3-Oct-1947, d. 8-Feb-1983)
Daughter: Barbara Ann Benner (stepdaughter, b. 19-Jul-1932)
Daughter: Shirley Ellen Benner (stepdaughter, b. 8-Nov-1933)

    High School: St. Joseph College, Yokohama, Japan (1922)
    University: BS Chemical Engineering, University of Dayton (1926)
    University: MS Organic Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1928)

    Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1987 (with Donald J. Cram and Jean-Marie Lehn)
    DuPont Research Chemist (1927-69)
    Norwegian Ancestry Paternal
    Japanese Ancestry Maternal
    Naturalized US Citizen 25-Nov-1953

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