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Name: Kochi, Jay K. (1927-2008)

Historical Note: Jay K. Kochi (May 17, 1927-August 9, 2008) was a chemistry professor known for developing a one-carbon oxidative degradation of carboxylic acids known as the Kochi Reaction. As a teenager, he was interned at a war relocation camp in Arizona. Shortly after graduating from high school, he studied at the University of California at Los Angeles and later received a doctorate from Iowa State University. He was a professor of chemistry at Case University, the Earl Blough Professor of Chemistry at Indiana University, and the Welch Professor of Chemistry at the University of Houston. He also taught at Harvard and served as a National Institute of Health fellow at Cambridge University. Early in his career he worked with exploratory chemistry for Shell Development Company. Kochi was a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a recipient of the Alexander Von Humbolt U.S. Senior Scientist Award, a recipient of the American Chemical Society’s Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, and recipient of the James Flack Norris Award.
Sources: Rathore, Rajendra. “Obituary: Jay Kazuo Kochi (1927-2008).” Angewandte Chemie International Edition 47 (2008): 9186.
Note Author: Mai McCarthy

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