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Dr. Jeffrey I. Seeman
Dr. Jeffrey I. Seeman
Visiting Research Scholar

Dr. Seeman's professional activities include research in the history and sociology of science including responsible conduct of research. He also produces and directs videos for educational and historical purposes.


“Recent Advances in the History of Chemistry,” American Chemical National Meeting, August 27, 2019, San Diego, CA

“Was Plagiarism Involved in the Development of the Woodward-Hoffmann Rules (Which Led to the 1981 Nobel Prize in Chemistry)?” September 4, 2019, University of Connecticut.

“Responsible Conduct of Research for Today’s Scientists.  Relevant and Exemplary Stories from the History of Chemistry,” September 20, 2019, Kennesaw State University.

Selected Publications

"The Woodward-Doering/Rabe- Kindler Total Synthesis of Quinine: Setting the Record Straight," Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2007, 46, 1378-1413.

"Students Inspiring Students. An On-line Tool for Science Fair Participants," The Science Teacher, 2011, 78. 39-43 [with T. Lawrence].

"Gilbert Stork: In his Own Words and in the Musings of his Friends," Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.2012, 51, 3012-3023.

"Bonding Beyond Borders. The Nozoe Autograph Books and Other Collections," The Chemical Record, 2012, 12, 517-531.

"Carl Djerassi’s Search For Home. At 90, Highly Celebrated Chemist and Author Has a Burning Quest to Belong," Chemical & Engineering News, 2013, 91 (October 21), Front Cover, 10-11, 13-14.

"R. B. Woodward, A Great Physical Organic Chemist," J. Phys. Org. Chem., 2014, 27, 708-721 (and front cover of this issue).

"Ernest L. Eliel, 1921 – 2008, Biographical Memoirs for the National Academy of Sciences," 2014, National Academy Press, Washington, D.C.; pp. 1-13, pdfs/eliel-ernest.pdf.

"Conflict Resolution and Authorship Issues in the U.S. Chemical Academic Community" [with Mark C. House], Accountability in Research, 2015, 22, 346-383.

"Woodward-Hoffmann’s Stereochemistry of Electrocyclic Reactions: From Day 1 to the JACS Receipt Date" (May 5, 1964 to November 30, 1964), J. Org. Chem. 2015, 80, 11632-11671.

"John D. Roberts: In His Own Words and Those of His Friends," Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 201554, 15901-15913.

"Wrong But Seminal," Nature Chemistry, 2016, 8, 193-200 [with S. Cantrill].

"Woodward’s Words: Elegant and Commanding," Angew. Chemie. Int. Ed., 2016, 55, 12809-12912.

"R. B. Woodward: A Larger Than Life Chemistry Rock Star," Angew. Chemie. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 10228-10245.

"Moving Beyond Insularity in the History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Chemistry," Found. Chem., 2017, 19, in press ( 9290-7).

"Total Synthesis and the Nobel Prize. Second Nobel Prizes for R. B. Woodward and E. J. Corey," Nature Chem. 2017, 9, 925-929.

“Working with Sir Derek H. R. Barton. “Chemistry, through Chemistry and For Chemistry”, Tetrahedron 2019, 75, 57-69;

Peer Review of Mendeleev’s 1869 Breakthrough Paper: “I Suggest Eliminating the Table . . . ”, Helv. Chim. Acta 2019102, 4560-4564 (e1800177 (1-5)).

“The Mutation of the ’Nobel Prize in Chemistry’ into the ’Nobel Prize in Chemistry or Life Sciences’: Several Decades of Transparent and Opaque Evidence of Change within the Nobel Prize Program,” Angew. Chemie, accepted for publication [with G. Restrepo].

B.S., Stevens Institute of Technology
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley
Contact Information
C-306 Gottwald Center for the Sciences
(804) 484-1629
Areas of Expertise
History and sociology of science