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Roscoe G. Dickinson

Roscoe Dickinson
Born (1894-05-03)May 3, 1894
Brewer, Maine, USA
Died July 13, 1945(1945-07-13) (aged 51)
Pasadena, California, USA
Nationality American
Fields Chemist
Institutions Caltech
Alma mater MIT and Caltech
Doctoral advisor Arthur Amos Noyes
Doctoral students Linus Pauling
Richard M. Noyes
Arnold Orville Beckman
Known for X-ray crystallography

Roscoe Gilkey Dickinson (May 3, 1894 – July 13, 1945) was a U.S. chemist, known primarily for his work on X-ray crystallography. As professor of chemistry at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), he was the doctoral advisor of Nobel laureate Linus Pauling and of Arnold O. Beckman, inventor of the pH meter.

Dickinson received his undergraduate education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and, in 1920, became the first person to receive a PhD from Caltech (which had recently changed its name from Throop College). For his dissertation he had studied the crystal structures of wulfenite, scheelite, sodium chlorate, and sodium bromate. His graduate advisor was Arthur Amos Noyes.

Scientific ancestry

See also Chemistry genealogy


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External links

  • Dickinson's Ph.D. thesis
  • A collection of digitized materials related to Dickinson's and Linus Pauling's structural chemistry research.
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