Saul G. Cohen, 1927-2002, undated | Brandeis University
Creator: Cohen, Saul G. (1916-2010)
Extent: 10.5 Linear Feet. More info below.
This collection is arranged in nine series: 1. Lectures and Class Notes, 1953-1987, undated; 2. Brandeis University Administration, 1967-1985, undated; 3. Correspondence, 1956-1990, undated; 4. Grants and Awards, 1950-1996, undated; 5. Research Materials for Publications, 1950-1990, undated; 6. Students and Assistants, 1927-1995, undated; 7. Reprints, 1939-1994, undated; 8. Harvard Notebooks, 1937-1940, undated; 9. Addenda, 1937-2002, undated.
Series one through seven are arranged alphabetically; series eight and nine are arranged chronologically, and series ten is arranged in original order. For more information about each series, please consult the series descriptions in the box and folder listing.
Date Acquired: 00/00/2001
The materials in this collection were created from 1927 to 2002. This collection consists of research notes, drafts, articles, reviews, correspondence, and articles related to Cohen's publications and professional activities. It also includes four notebooks used by Cohen as an undergraduate at Harvard, as well as a substantial number of reprints of his publications.
Chemist and teacher Saul G. Cohen played a key role in the early development of Brandeis University and remained an important part of the school for over thirty years. Cohen was born in Boston on May 10, 1916. He attended Harvard University, where he earned his AB summa cum laude in 1937, his MA in 1938, and his PhD in 1940.
Cohen remained an academic for the next few years, working at Harvard as both a research fellow (1939-1940, 1941-1943) and visiting instructor (1940-1941). After leaving Harvard in 1943, Cohen lectured for one year at UCLA as a National Research Fellow. After failing to find a university faculty position, Cohen began working as a research chemist outside academia, first at Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company from 1944 to 1955, and then at Polaroid from 1945 to 1950.
Still wanting to teach, Cohen left a lucrative position at Polaroid in 1950 to take a job at the fledgling Brandeis University. He immediately became a central figure at Brandeis, both as a professor and an administrator. Cohen was the first chair of the School of Science, a post he held from 1950 to 1955. That year, he became the University’s first dean of faculty, serving until 1959.
Cohen was promoted to Professor in 1952, University Professor in 1974, and named Professor Emeritus upon his retirement in 1986. He twice chaired the Department of Chemistry, 1955-1966 and 1968-1972. All the while he supervised numerous pre- and post-doctoral students in a laboratory that published well over 100 scholarly articles and reviews on topics such as photochemistry, reaction mechanisms, and free radicals in journals such as the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
Cohen also worked outside of Brandeis, especially at his alma mater. He was a visiting professor at Harvard Medical School in 1965, worked on the Board of Overseers from 1983 to 1989, and served on the Joint Committee of Appointments from 1984-1989. Cohen also taught as visiting professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1972.
Cohen was awarded numerous fellowships and awards during his academic career; he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar (1958-1959), a Guggenheim Fellow (1958-1959), and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Cohen won the American Chemical Society’s James F. Norris Award in 1972 and the Centennial Medal of the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 1992. Cohen also received patents in polymers, hydroxylamines as photographic developers, heterocyclic silver solvents, dye developers, and diagnostic assays.
Cohen died April 24, 2010 at the age of 93.
Some material is restricted.
Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University. Please contact the department for more information.
Use Restrictions: Requests to produce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.
Acquisition Source: Saul G. Cohen
Letters of recommendation and multiple reprints have been culled from the collection. Series 9 contains two notebooks that may be incorporated into Series 8.
Addenda to this collection may not be listed in the finding aid, but may be available for research use. Please contact us for more information.
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[Series 1: Lectures and Class Notes, 1953-1987, undated],
[Series 2: Brandeis University Administration, 1967-1985, undated],
[Series 3: Correspondence, 1956-1990, undated],
[Series 4: Grants and Awards, 1950-1966, undated],
[Series 5: Research Materials for Publications, 1950-1996, undated],
[Series 6: Students and Assistants, 1927-1995, undated],
[Series 7: Reprints, 1939-1994, undated],
[Series 8: Harvard Notebooks, 1937-1940, undated],
[Series 9: Addenda, 1937-2002, undated],
- Series 1: Lectures and Class Notes, 1953-1987, undated
- This series consists of drafts, notes, correspondence, and slides relating to some of Cohen's class lectures.
- Box 1
- Item 1: Biochemistry slides and notes., 1986, undated
- Item 2: Chem 131a class materials [2 folders], 1956-1977
- Item 3: Chem 133a, Advanced Organic Chemistry, class materials [2 folders], 1962-1978
- Item 4: Chemistry notes and slides, circa 1969-1970
- Item 5: Conferences, speaking engagements, correspondence [2 folders], 1960-1984
- Item 6: Faculty talks and Norris Award, drafts and correspondence, 1969-1973
- Item 7: Lecture III, drafts and notes, 1959, undated
- Item 8: Lectures, drafts and notes, undated
- Item 9: Lectures, drafts, notes, and correspondence, 1953-1960
- Item 10: Overheads, slides, negatives, and notes, 1986, undated
- Item 11: Photochemistry conferences and correspondence, 1964
- Item 12: Photoreduction notes, drafts, correspondence, negatives, and slides [5 folders], 1969-1984, undated
- Item 13: Speeches, drafts, 1959-1987
- Series 2: Brandeis University Administration, 1967-1985, undated
- This series consists primarily of correspondence relating to Cohen's administrative roles at Brandeis. Topics include presidential search committees, honorary degree recipients, the Transitional Year Program, and the design and uses of the University Seal.
- Box 1
- Item 14: Abram, Morris: Ford Foundation correspondence, 1968-1969
- Item 15: Committees: correspondence, 1982-1983
- Item 16: Correspondence, [2 folders], 1969-1971
- Item 17: Farber, Leonard L.: Correspondence, 1985
- Item 18: Handler, Evelyn: Correspondence, 1983-1984
- Item 19: Honorary degree recipients, 1983-1984
- Item 20: Letter: Roy Macridis to Charles Schottland, 1970
- Item 21: Medical Science Research Center: Correspondence [3 folders], 1968-1970
- Box 2
- Item 1: Meeting minutes and correspondence [2 folders], 1953-1967
- Item 2: President search
- Botstein, Leon, 1967, 1982; Botstein, Leon and Evelyn Handler, 1982; Correspondence and notes [3 folders], 1967-1968, 1982; and, Preliminary Screening Committee Agenda, 1967.
- Item 3: Sachar, Abram Honorary Degree at Harvard: Correspondence, 1983-1987
- Item 4: Samuels, Nada: Correspondence, 1984-1985
- Item 5: Transitional Year Program: Meeting minutes and correspondence, 1968-1970
- Item 6: Transitional Year Program and African American student protest: Correspondence, 1969-1970
- Item 7: University Seal: Correspondence and notes, 1983-1992, undated
- Series 3: Correspondence, 1956-1990, undated
- This series consists of correspondence on subjects including fundraising, committees, Harvard University, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, the National Research Council, American Oil Company, and the American Chemical Society.
- Box 2
- Item 8: Adams, Ruth I., 1983-1988
- Item 9: American Chemical Society, Northeast section [2 folders], 1981-1985
- Item 10: Correspondence, 1973-1985
- Item 11: DuPont, 1970-1971
- Item 12: Freeland, Richard, "The Evolution of the College-Centered University": Correspondence and drafts, 1984-1990
- Item 13: Fundraising, committees, research, and class reunions, 1956-1966
- Item 14: Ginsburg, David, 1985
- Item 15: Harvard University School of Public Health and Board of Overseers: Correspondence and announcments [2 folders], 1980-1984
- Item 16: International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), 1956-1971
- Item 17: Kalman Laboratories, 1984
- Item 18: Kaplan Scholarship Fund, 1986
- Item 19: Keefe, Chris, 1985
- Item 20: National Research Council and Aldrich Chemical Company, 1980-1984
- Item 21: Sorel, Shalom, 1985-1986
- Item 22: Steel, Colin and American Oil Company: Articles, notes, and correspondence, 1959-1961
- Series 4: Grants and Awards, 1950-1966, undated
- This series consists of correspondence, proposals, and articles related to many of the grants and awards that Cohen received during his career. Included are the Norris Award, Charles A. Breskin Chair, Richards Medal, Fulbright Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, and grants from the National Science Foundation, Polaroid, the Rowland Foundtion, the NIH, the Atomic Energy Commission, and the United States Army Division of Medical Research and Development.
- Box 2
- Item 23: American Academy of Arts and Sciences: Correspondence [2 folders], 1954-1990
- Item 24: American Chemical Society, Norris Award: Correspondence and articles [2 folders], 1959-1970
- Item 25: American Chemical Society: Richards Medal, 1974-1976
- Item 26: Atomic Energy Commission
- Correspondence, 1959-1967, [2 folders]; Correspondence and proposals, 1967-1974 [2 folders]; and, Progress reports and proposals, 1961-1976 [4 folders--folders 1 and 2 in Box 2; folders 3 and 4 in Box 3]
- Box 3
- Item 1: Progress reports and proposals [4 folders; 1-2 in Box 2 and 3-4 in Box 3], 1961-1976
- Item 2: Charles A. Breskin Chair: Correspondence, 1980-1985
- Item 3: Department of Health, Education, and Human Welfare/NIH grants [3 folders], 1955-1963
- Grants, 1955-1963 [3 folders]; Public service grants, 1979-1982; and, "Steriospecifity and Reactivity..." and grant, 1971-1978 [2 folders]
- Item 4: Fullbright fellowship, 1958
- Item 5: Guggenheim fellowships, 1957-1959
- Item 6: Israel Binational Research Grant: Correspondence, 1977-1988
- Item 7: National Science Foundation: Correspondence and proposals [8 folders], 1953-1982
- Item 8: National Science Foundation: Grants and proposals [2 folders], 1959-1967
- Box 4
- Item 1: Polaroid HV grants, 1978-1995
- Item 2: Research Corporation: Correspondence and grants, 1950-1965
- Item 3: Requests for funds, 1960-1968
- Item 4: Rowland Foundation: Correspondence and grants, 1977-1994
- Item 5: Stein, Gabriel: Correspondence and research proposal, 1977
- Item 6: United States Army Medical Research and Development files: Budget summaries and correspondence, 1988-1995
- Item 7: United States Army Medical Research and Development files: Correspondence [8 folders], 1968-1996
- Series 5: Research Materials for Publications, 1950-1996, undated
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