James R. Arnold

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James R. Arnold
Born (1923-05-05)May 5, 1923
Metuchen, New Jersey
Died January 6, 2012(2012-01-06) (aged 88)
San Diego, California
Residence United States
Nationality American
Fields Cosmochemistry
Institutions Princeton University
University of Chicago
University of California, San Diego
Alma mater Princeton University
Known for Cosmochemistry, Geology of the Moon
Notable awards Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award, chemistry and metallurgy (1968)

James Richard Arnold (May 5, 1923 – January 6, 2012) was the Harold C. Urey Professor of Chemistry (emeritus), and a noted pioneer in the field of planetary and space chemistry at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), where an endowed lectureship has been established in his name. He received his education at Princeton University, where he worked on the Manhattan Project. He was an early (1958) faculty member at UCSD, and founding chairman of the UCSD Department of Chemistry.[1] [2] Asteroid 2143, "Jimarnold", is named for him. He was the first director of the University of California's California Space Institute,[3] a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was married to Louise Arnold for 60 years, and had three sons, Bob, Ted, and Ken.[4]


  1. ^ "James Arnold dies at 88; pushed to unlock secrets in moon rocks", Elaine Woo, obituary in The Los Angeles Times, Jan 22, 2012.
  2. ^ CalSpace Biography [1]
  3. ^ Obituary: "Jim Arnold, First Director of CA Space Institute, Dies at 88", Scientific Computing [2]
  4. ^ Brown, Susan. "Jim Arnold, Founding Chemist at UC San Diego Dies at 88".