John Maurice Nelson

Columbia University, New York, NY 
Organic chemistry
"John Nelson"

After returning from studying with Wilhelm Ostwald in Germany, John M. Nelson received his Ph.D. under Marston T. Bogert. He, along with a Columbia University colleague K. George Falk, applied the electronic theory of valence to covalent bonds. They suggested that the direction the electron moves would depend on the relative position of the elements in the periodic table. This pioneering work offered an explanation for properties of organic compounds that had previously been a mystery.

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Wilhelm Friedrich Ostwald research assistant
Marston T. Bogert grad student 1907 Columbia
 (Some compounds derived from the ethyl p-diiminosuccinylosuccinate)


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Emil L. Smith research assistant 1931 Columbia
John Howard Northrop grad student 1915 Columbia
Warren C. Vosburgh grad student 1919 Columbia
T. Clinton Taylor grad student 1920 Columbia
Maxwell Philip Schubert grad student 1928 Columbia
Roger M. Herriott grad student 1932 Columbia
Charles Reginald Dawson grad student 1938 Columbia
Mark Hancock Adams grad student 1939 Columbia (Microtree)
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