Lewis Hastings Sarett
|Lewis Hastings Sarett|
|Born||December 22, 1917
|Died||November 29, 1999 (81)
|Spouse(s)||Mary Adams Barrie (m. March 1, 1944 - div.June 28, 1969)
|Children||Mary Nicole and Katharine Wendy (1st wife)
Will H. and Renee M. (2nd wife)
Lewis Hastings Sarett (December 22, 1917 – November 29, 1999) was an American organic chemist.
He was born in Champaign, Illinois and was an uncle of Donald Rumsfeld. He lived in Laona, Wisconsin for a time and then attended high school in Highland Park, Illinois . He received a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University in 1939 (Phi Beta Kappa) and his doctorate from Princeton University.
Named after him is the Sarett Oxidation which is the oxidation of an alcohol to a ketone or an aldehyde using chromic oxide and pyridine. Primary alcohols will be oxidised to aldehydes and not carboxylic acids.
Honors and awards
- 1964 Scheele Award
- 1972 Chemical Pioneer Award from the American Institute of Chemists 
- 1975 National Medal of Science
- 1976 Perkin Medal
- 1980 Inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame
- 1980 Awarded the IRI Medal from the Industrial Research Institute for his contributions to technology leadership
- 1981 American Institute of Chemists Gold Medal
- "Chemical Pioneer Award". American Institute of Chemists. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
- Lewis Hastings Sarett December 22, 1917–November 29, 1999 By Arthur A. Patchett
- Inventors hall of fame
- New York Times Obituary, December 27, 1999.
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