Eugene R. Nixon, Chemistry

Eugene Nixon, professor emeritus of chemistry, died on January 10, 2015. He was 95 years old.

Dr. Nixon was born in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan and graduated from Alma College in 1941. He began his graduate studies in chemistry at Brown University. After four years on the Manhattan Project, he returned to earn his PhD in 1947. He spent two years on the Brown faculty before joining the chemistry department at Penn in 1949.

Dr. Nixon was a member of the chemistry faculty at Penn for 37 years. During his tenure, he taught chemistry to hundreds of students, both graduate and undergraduate, and supervised the dissertations of 29 PhD candidates. He published approximately 100 scientific papers on his research, which primarily focused on several kinds of spectroscopy and the study of the interactions between radiation and chemical systems.

During his tenure at Penn, he also served as vice dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, acting chairman of chemistry and director of the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM). He achieved the rank of full professor in 1969, and retired in 1986. He was a member of the American Chemical Society for 72 years.

Dr. Nixon is survived by two daughters, Cynthia DuBose and Emily Blum, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.