Papers of Teddy G. Traylor, organic chemist and professor of chemistry at the University of California, San Diego. Traylor's
research interests included organometallic chemistry, autooxidation, oxygen transport, and bioorganic chemistry. He made significant
contributions to biomimetic chemistry through studies of the mechanisms of oxygen transport and activation in biological systems,
especially those involving heme proteins. The papers contain biographical materials, correspondence, published and unpublished
writings, professional meeting materials, grants, patents, teaching materials, and UCSD materials.
Teddy G. Traylor was born in Sulphur, Oklahoma, on May 21, 1925. He did his undergraduate and graduate work in chemistry at
UCLA and received a B.A. in 1949 and Ph.D. in 1952, under the direction of Saul Winstein. Traylor worked at Dow Chemical Company
for six years, then as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University for two years under Paul D. Bartlett. In 1961, Traylor
joined the Chemistry Department at UCSD as an assistant professor and was promoted to the rank of professor in 1968. He served
as department chairman (1973-1976) and actively participated in the long-range planning for and expansion of the department.