Willis H. Flygare
Flygare was born in Jackson, Minnesota. He was the son of Willis B. and Doris H. Flygare, both of whom were of Scandinavian descent. He attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. He graduated in 1958 with majors in chemistry, physics, and mathematics. He later entered graduate schoolat the University of California, Berkeley where he earned his Ph.D. in chemistry during 1961.
Flygare became a professor of chemistry at the University of Illinois in 1961 and stayed in that position until his premature death at age 44 of Lou Gehrig disease. Flygare is credited with "outstanding contributions to the understanding of molecular electronic structure". He invented a highly sensitive microwave spectrometer. He also developed a new method based on the molecular Zeeman effect for measurements of molecular quadrupole moments and magnetic susceptibility anisotropies. He received Irving Langmuir Award in 1981. Flygare was a professor of chemistry at Illinois, a member of the National Academy of Sciences. The University of Illinois called him "one of the most creative and dynamic physical chemists in the world." The National Academies Press called him "a great physical chemist".
Awards and Distinctions
- Guggenheim Fellowships in 1972 and 1978
- Phi Lambda Upsilon Fresenius Award in 1971
- Baekeland Medal in 1973
- Irving Langmuir Award in 1981
- elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1974
- honorary doctorate from St. Olaf College in 1976
- National Academies Press, Biographical Memoirs,Willis H. Flygare,By David Chandler
- Chemistry at Illinois,Flygare Memorial Lectures, About Willis H. Flygare
- "Willis Flygare". Array of Contemporary American Physicists. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
- David Chandler. "Willis H. Flygare July 24, 1936–May 18, 1981". nap.edu. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
- "About Willis H. Flygare". The Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
- The Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois, The Willis H. Flygare Memorial Fund
- Phi Lambda Upsilon:Award Recipients