Charles John Pedersen

Charles John Pedersen

Busan, Busan Metropolitan City, South Korea
Death 26 Oct 1989 (aged 85)
Salem, Salem County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Salem, Salem County, New Jersey, USA
Memorial ID 11492765 · View Source
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-Famous Chemist

-Shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1987

Charles John Pederson was born 3 October, 1904 in Busan, Korea to a Norwegian Father Brede Pederson and a Japanese Mother Takino Yasui. His Japanese first name was Yoshio.

At the age of 8 years, he was sent to a convent school in Nagasaki, Japan; two years later his Mother took him to Yokohama where he began studies at St. Joseph College. St. Joseph's was a preparatory school run by a Roman Catholic religious order of priests and brothers called The Society of Mary. While at St. Joseph's he received a general secondary education and took his first course in chemistry.

In 1922, with his Father's encouragement, he chose to study in America. His college of choice was the University of Dayton in Ohio, in part as it too was run by The Society of Mary. While at the University of Dayton, he obtained a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. Following that he went on to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT) where he obtained a Master's degree in organic chemistry.

Although encouraged to pursue a PhD, he chose to begin his career instead. In 1927 he began work at The DuPont Company in Wilmington, Delaware, where he continued working until his retirement in 1969. In 1947 he was appointed research associate, the highest title to be held at that time. He was also married to Susan Ault in this year.

During his work at DuPont, Mr. Pederson wrote 25 papers and obtained 65 patents. In 1967 he discovered crown ethers, a family of ring-shaped molecules that have the ability to bind certain metallic atoms in the middle of the ring. The metallic atoms can then be released in organic compounds. This process had been difficult before and Mr. Pederson's discovery opened up possibilities for bringing about chemical reactions in laboratories and creating chemical compounds. It was also during this year that he published two works that describe the methods of synthesizing crown ethers.

For all his hard work and discoveries in chemistry, Mr. Pedersen shared in the 1987 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Donald J. Cram and Jean-Marie Lehn. They received the award "for their development and use of molecules with structure-specific interactions of high selectivity".

Mr. Pederson was diagnosed with myeloma in 1983 and died 26 October 1989.

Information compiled from:
"Charles J. Pedersen - Biographical". Nobel Media AB 2014. Web. 8 Jun 2016.

Charles J. Pedersen - Facts". Nobel Media AB 2014. Web. 8 Jun 2016.>

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