Sandorfy in 1983
9 December 1920|
6 June 2006 (aged 85)|
Order of Canada|
National Order of Quebec
Born in Budapest, Hungary, he received his Bachelor of Science in 1943 and Ph.D. in chemistry in 1946 from the University of Szeged. In 1949, he received his second doctorate, a D.Sc., from the Sorbonne.
In 1954, he emigrated to Canada for a National Research Council of Canada postdoctoral fellow at the Université de Montréal. From 1954 to 1956, he was an assistant professor at Université de Montréal. From 1956 to 1959, he was an associate professor at Université de Montréal. In 1959, he became a Professor.
He was a member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science.
He pioneered molecular orbital (MO) calculations on σ-bonded polyatomic molecules such as saturated hydrocarbons. He also performed the first MO calculations of the acidity and basicity of aromatic molecules in excited states.
He carried out extensive research in molecular spectroscopy. In infrared spectroscopy he studied molecular vibrations as well as overtone bands in hydrogen-bonded systems, and the effect of hydrogen bonds on vibrational anharmonicity. In electronic spectroscopy he specialized in the far ultraviolet region where he observed a number of molecular Rydberg states.
- In 1967, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
- In 1982, he was awarded the Quebec government's Prix Marie-Victorin.
- In 1993, he was made a Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
- In 1995, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
- In 1995, he was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec.
- Biography of Camille Sandorfy - Website of l'Ordre national du Québec (in French)
- Fonds Camille Sandorfy (in French)
- Camille Sandorfy Biography by IAQMS (International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science)
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