Charles G. Overberger

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Charles Gilbert Overberger
BornOctober 12, 1920 (1920-10-12)
Barnesboro, Pennsylvania, United States
DiedMarch 17, 1997 (1997-03-18) (aged 76)
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Known forPolymer research and education
Scientific career

Charles Gilbert Overberger (October 12, 1920 – March 17, 1997) was an American chemist, specialising in polymer research and education.[1]


Overberger was born in Barnesboro, Pennsylvania on October 12, 1920.

In 1941, he was awarded a B.Sc. at the Pennsylvania State University, and Ph.D. at the University of Illinois in 1944, where he continued to work as a research assistant for two years.

From 1946 to 1947, he had a DuPont Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, then became assistant professor of chemistry at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. In 1951, he became professor and associate director of the Polymer Research Institute. Between 1955 and 1963, he was chairman of the chemistry department, and from 1964 to 1967 dean of science and director of the Polymer Research Institute. He was president of the American Chemical Society in 1967. After that, he joined the University of Michigan as professor and chair of chemistry, where he also acted as vice president for research from 1972-1983. He founded the Macromolecular Research Center in 1968, and was director until 1987. He retired two years later.

Overberger died in Riverview, Ann Arbor, Michigan, of Parkinson's disease on March 17, 1997.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Charles Overberger". University of Michigan. Retrieved 2015-02-25. Charles G. Overberger, professor emeritus of chemistry and vice president emeritus for research, died March 17 at Riverview of Ann Arbor after an extended illness resulting from Parkinson's Syndrome and related disorders. He was 76.
  2. ^ "Franklin Laureate Database - Howard N. Potts Medal Laureates". Franklin Institute. Archived from the original on May 2, 2014. Retrieved March 13, 2011.