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Corwin Hansch Collection
PC. 0019  
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Description
This collection contains article reprints, correspondence with colleagues at universities and pharmaceutical laboratories, slides of computer-generated molecular models, grant proposals, and awards.
Background
Corwin H. Hansch (1918-2011) was a Professor of Chemistry at Pomona College from 1946 until 1988, and founder of Quantitative Structure Activity Relationships (QSAR). Corwin Hansch received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. from New York University. After a brief period of postdoctoral work at the University of Illinois, Chicago, he worked on the Manhattan Project at the University of Chicago and at DuPont Nemours in Richland, Washington. After World War II ended, he took a position as a research chemist at DuPont but left shortly thereafter, coming to Pomona College in 1946. After arriving at Pomona, he began work on the correlation of biological activity with chemical structure, which led to the development of his seminal work in QSAR. He came to be recognized as the “father of computer-assisted molecular design,” and the methodology that he spawned is now utilized in most pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.
Extent
6.25 linear feet (6 boxes)
Restrictions
All requests for permission to publish must be submitted in writing to the Archives.
Availability
Collection open for research.