Lawrence F. Dahl

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Lawrence F. Dahl
BornJune 2, 1929 (1929-06-02) (age 89)
NationalityUnited States
Alma materUniversity of Louisville
Known forSmall molecule X-ray crystallography
AwardsWillard Gibbs Award, Alexander von Humboldt Award
Scientific career
FieldsInorganic chemistry

Lawrence F. Dahl (born June 2, 1929) is an R.E. Rundle and Hilldale Professor of Chemistry, emeritus at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.[1] Dahl is an inorganic chemist, and his research focused on high-nuclearity metallic compounds.[2] He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1988.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Dahl was born in 1929. He earned his B.S. degree from the University of Louisville in 1951 and his Ph.D. from Iowa State University in 1956.[2]


In 1957 Dahl joined the faculty in the chemistry department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Since then, his laboratory has made significant contributions in the synthesis, structure, and bonding of transition metal compounds. Dahl has trained 95 Ph.D. candidates, 24 M.S. students, 45 undergraduate research students, and 15 postdoctoral fellows.[1]

Selected awards and distinctions[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Lawrence F. Dahl, Noyce Visiting Professor Ilia Guzei, Noyce Visiting Scholar". Grinnell College. Fall 2009. Retrieved January 19, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e "L. F. Dahl Faculty Page". Madison, WI: Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison. September 17, 2003. Retrieved January 19, 2010.
  3. ^ a b "61 Scientists Are Chosen For National Academy". The New York Times. May 2, 1988. pp. B7. Retrieved January 19, 2010.
  4. ^ "The Willard Gibbs Medal Founded by William A. Converse". American Chemical Society - Chicago Section. January 1, 2014. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  5. ^ "ACS 2010 National Award Winners". American Chemical Society. 2010. Retrieved January 19, 2010.