June 23, 1927–January 12, 1984
BY R. G. BERGMAN, G. W. PARSHALL, AND K. N. RAYMOND
EARL MUETTERTIES, Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, died of cancer on January 12, 1984, at the age of fifty-six. He was a major figure in American inorganic chemistry and contributed in almost every area of this discipline. He made important contributions in the structure and bonding of clusters, in reaction dynamics of both main-group and transition-metal compounds, and in both homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis.
Earl Muetterties was an internationally recognized scientist whose career—first at Du Pont Central Research, later at Cornell, and finally at Berkeley—had a major impact in virtually every area of inorganic chemistry. His work extended into chemical bonding theory, fundamental chemical reaction dynamics, NMR spectroscopy, surface chemistry, applications of topology to chemistry, and stereochemical theory. Because of this wide range of fields in which he made major research contributions, Earl Muetterties emerges as a unique individual who during the last three decades
Reprinted from Organometallics, volume 4, no. 1. Copyright 1985 by the American Chemical Society.