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Melvin Spencer Newman

Melvin Spencer Newman (3 October 1908 - 30 May 1993) was an American chemist, best known for inventing the Newman projection. He was born in New York City, but shortly after his family moved to New Orleans, Louisiana. When he was 14, they moved back to New York, where he attended Riverdale County School. From 1925 to 1932 he attended Yale University, where he obtained his B.A. Magna cum laude in 1929 and his Ph.D in 1932, under the direction of Professor Rudolph J. Anderson. After postdoctoral stays at Yale, Columbia University and Harvard University, he began his independent career as an instructor in Ohio State University, where he would remain for the rest of his life. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1940 and to full professor in 1944. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1956. Newman received numerous awards, including the American Chemical Society (ACS) Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry in 1961, the Morley Medal given by the Cleveland, Ohio section of the ACS in 1969, the Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal by Yale in 1975, an honorary doctorate by the University of New Orleans in 1975, the Columbus section of the ACS award in 1976, and the Sullivant Medal by Ohio State University in 1976. In addition, the Newman projection - which allows organic chemists to represent different conformations of molecules in space - was introduced by the chemist.

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  • Paquette, L. A.; Orchin, M. "Melvin Spencer Newman", in National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America: Biographical Memoirs , vol. 73, 335-348. National Academy Press, 1998.
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