Since we were speaking of chemical hedgehogs and foxes the other day, here's a remarkable fox who we forgot to mention, and it's unfortunate that I was reminded of him by his obituary.
William Lipscomb undoubtedly belongs at the top of the fox list. Lipscomb who was a Kentucky Colonel (along with Robert Grubbs) started his academic career at the University of Kentucky on a clarinet scholarship. He then got his PhD with Linus Pauling at Caltech and followed his mentor in exploring diverse chemical worlds. A Harvard professor for almost his entire career, he was an extraordinarily versatile chemist who made important contributions to at least two disparate fields (crystallography and theoretical chemistry) and trained students who themselves achieved fame. As one measure of his versatility and influence, consider this: Hückel
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