KONRAD BATES KRAUSKOPF

November 30, 1910–May 4, 2003


BY W. G. ERNST


ON MAY 4, 2003, KONRAD B. KRAUSKOPF died peacefully in his Stanford campus home. He was 92 years old. Konnie, as he was known to everyone, had been a member of the Stanford faculty since 1939, first as professor, then after 1976 as professor emeritus. The son of a chemistry professor at the University of Wisconsin, Konnie was born in Madison on November 30, 1910. He grew up there, and received his A.B. degree in chemistry at the University of Wisconsin in 1931. While a Wisconsin undergraduate, Konnie took a geology course from Professor William Twenhofel, that sparked his interest in the subject. However, the spark wasn’t quite strong enough to cause Konnie to deviate from his path in chemistry—at least not at that time. He attended the University of California, Berkeley, for graduate study in chemistry and received his Ph.D. degree in 1934. His doctoral dissertation was entitled “Photochemical Studies: I. The Role of Oxygen as an Inhibitor for the Photosynthesis of Hydrogen Chloride. II. A Method for Deriving Reaction Mechanisms from Empirical Rate Laws for Chain Reactions. III. The Photochemical Reaction between Chlorine and Formaldehyde.”

The Great Depression was still affecting the job market, and his Berkeley professors recommended him for a one-year

Modified from W. G. Ernst. Proc. Am. Philos. Soc. 149(2005):421-425



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