John Dombrowski Roberts was born on June 8, 1918, and died on October 29, 2016.
He was an American chemist.
He received both a B.A. (1941) and Ph.D. (1944) from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Roberts has held several positions at the California Institute of Technology, including Division Chairman of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from 1963–68, Dean of the Faculty and Provost from 1980–83 and Institute Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus (1988- ) in the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.
Roberts was credited with bringing the first female graduate student, Dorothy Semenow, to Caltech when he moved from MIT
John has made contributions to the integration of physical chemistry, spectroscopy, and organic chemistry for the understanding of chemical reaction rates.
Among his characteristic in’ work was the early use of NMR, the concept of spin-spin coupling.
John Dombrowski Roberts passed away at 98 years old.