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Dietmar Seyferth papers

Identifier: MC-0688

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the career of Dietmar Seyferth, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The bulk of the collection is composed of articles and reports authored or co-authered by Seyferth, spanning from the 1950s to 2010. Other material includes research notebooks, transparencies, and reprints of publications.


  • 1952 - 2010


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Biographical Note

Dietmar Seyferth earned a B.A. from the University of Buffalo in 1951 and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1955. He joined the Chemistry Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1957 as Instructor in Inorganic Chemistry, and retired as Robert T. Haslam and Bradley Dewey Professor Emeritus in 1999. During those years his research was devoted to the organometallic chemistry of both main group elements (Li, Hg, B. Si, Ge, Sn, Pb and P) and some transition metals (Co, Fe). He was a founding Regional Editor of the Journal of Organometallic Chemistry in 1963 and the founding Editor of the ACS journal Organometallics in 1982. Currently, he works as Editor-in-Chief of Organometallics and writes historical reviews on organometallic chemistry. He is also working on a history of the MIT Chemistry Department.

(From Chemformation, Vol. 26, No. 7, September 11, 2009.


7 Cubic Feet (7 record cartons)

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Preliminary Inventory to the Papers of Dietmar Seyferth
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Dana Goblaskas
Copyright, 2011
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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  • 2021 October 15: Edited by Lana Mason for compliance with DACS single-level optimum requirements.

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