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Guide to the Harry S. Mosher Papers
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Description
Papers include correspondence, manuscripts and reprints, research files, lab notebooks, grant files, and class materials.
Background
Harry S. Mosher earned his bachelor's degree in 1937 from Willamette University and his master's degree from Oregon State University in 1939. He taught briefly at Willamette before earning his doctorate in organic chemistry from Pennsylvania State University in 1942; he remained at Penn during World War II as an assistant professor supervising research on synthetic anti-malarial drugs for the National Research Council. He joined the Stanford faculty in 1947 and taught until his retirement in 1981. During his career at Stanford, Mosher taught organic chemistry and conducted research in a wide range of areas, including natural products chemistry and stereochemistry. He co-authored more than 140 research papers and a reference book titled ASYMMETRIC ORGANIC REACTIONS, published in 1971. Mosher also elucidated the chemical structure of tetrodotoxin - an extremely toxic molecule found in wild newts inhabiting Stanford's Lake Lagunita. Mosher died in March of 2001.
Extent
37.5 Linear feet
Restrictions
All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
Availability
This collection is open for research.