Papers document his teaching and research activities and include notebooks, research reports, subject files, correspondence,
grant files, reprints, and slides.
Johnson, professor of chemistry at Stanford University, was generally regarded as one of the major figures in 20th-century
organic chemistry. He served as head of Stanford's chemistry department from 1960 to 1969, and after resigning that post,
was appointed the Jackson-Wood Professor of Chemistry which he held until he became emeritus in 1978. He died in 1995.
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