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Lawrence S. Bartell
Regents' Proceedings 161

Lawrence S. Bartell, the Philip J. Elving Professor of Chemistry, retire from active faculty status on December 31, 1993.

A native of Ann Arbor, Professor Bartell received his B.S. degree in 194 his M.S. degree in 1947, and his Ph.D. degree in 1952, all from the University Michigan. He was a faculty member at Iowa State University from 1953-6 when he came to the University of Michigan as a professor of chemistry. He was named the Philip J. Elving Professor in 1987.

Among Professor Bartell's many honors are the University of Michigan Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award (1981), the Michigan
Association Governing Boards Distinguished Faculty Award (1982), the National Science, Foundation Creativity Award (1982), and Michigan Scientist of the Year (1986). He has served as chair of the Division of Chemical Physics of the American E Physical Society (1977-78) and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Chemical Physics (1963-66), the Journal of Computational Chemistry (1979 -90), and Chemical Physics Letters (1981-84).

Professor Bartell's research involves the use of electron diffraction to examine the structure of molecules in the gas and, more recently, the structure of matter in the condensed phases. He has published over 261 journal articles and 10 textbook chapters. His pioneering efforts have extended the precision of the electron diffraction technique and revealed many new areas in which to apply it. The first photographs of single atoms and molecules were produced by Professor Bartell's ingenious holographic method, based on the combination of electron diffraction and laser illumination. He has also made significant contributions towards understanding the basic quantum mechanical paradoxes raised by Einstein, Podolsky, and Rosen.

Professor Bartell has been a leader in the field of molecular mechanics to describe molecular structure and conformational changes. He has consistently upheld the highest standards of scholarly performance and teaching excellence, and has contributed broadly in many areas of both the Department of Chemistry and the University of Michigan.

The Regents now salute this distinguished physical chemist by naming Lawrence S. Bartell the Philip J. Elving Professor Emeritus of