June 4, 1918–January 19, 2003
BY FREDERIC C. SCHILLING AND ALAN E. TONELLI
THE NAME OF Frank Alden Bovey will always be associated with nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy of polymers. Frank published some of the earliest scientific papers demonstrating the use of NMR to reveal detailed structural information of synthetic and natural polymers. Through his textbooks he introduced several generations of scientists to the power of NMR spectroscopy. At the time of his retirement Frank had published nearly 200 original publications and authored or coauthored nine books. Frank was an associate editor of Macromolecules (the preeminent research journal in polymer science) for more than 25 years, beginning with its first publication in 1968. The significance of his research is reflected in the many awards bestowed upon him, including the Polymer Chemistry Award (1969), the Nichols Medal (1978), and the Applied Polymer Science Award (1983), all from the American Chemical Society; the High-Polymer Physics Award (1974) of the American Physical Society; the Carothers Award (1991); and the Silver Medal (1991) of the Japanese Polymer Society. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1975.
Frank is remembered foremost as a modest gentleman of great intellect. His personal style was rather formal, from his Brooks Brothers clothing to his interactions with col-