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"Diversity in ways of scientific thinking is nowhere greater than in the contrast between the search for abstract unifying laws and the awareness of the infinite complexity of the real world."

Jack Dunitz, 1990

Jack Dunitz Papers, 1927-2009

Jack Dunitz and an unidentified colleague, 2003.
Jack Dunitz at a Caltech graduate student outing, ca. 1948.
Jack Dunitz engaged in discussion with A. I. Kitaigorodskii and Olga Kennard, ca. 1970s.
Notes on hydrostatics by Jack Dunitz, ca 1944.

Information and Credits

MSS Dunitz

Jack Dunitz (b. 1923) is an internationally recognized crystallographer and expert on molecular structure. Over the course of his lengthy career - including more than three decades spent at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology - Dunitz has established himself as a leading expert in his field. He is responsible for several major structural discoveries, the refinement of numerous crystallographic techniques, and the publication of nearly four-hundred scientific articles and reviews. The Dunitz Papers include personal correspondence, institutional records, research notes, scientific articles and reprints, teaching materials, manuscripts and photographs, the bulk of which date from 1941 to 2008.


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“Space Filling in Molecular Solids”
Jack Dunitz, February 28, 2001. Transcript.

La Primavera: An Autobiographical Remembrance
by Jack D. Dunitz. 2011. 7 pages.

Timeline for Jack Dunitz

Biographical Note 

Content Description


30 linear feet; 67 boxes; 42.9 megabytes


The Jack Dunitz Papers have been organized into six series which are further arranged either alphabetically or chronologically, as appropriate. In addition to traditional archival materials, the collection includes a large volume of born digital word processing files, which have been printed out and inserted into the paper collection. An electronic repository of the born digital component of the collection in its original state is maintained on site.

Related Papers

Related materials can be found in The Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers and A Liking for the Truth: Truth and Controversy in the Work of Linus Pauling event website, as hosted by the Oregon State University Libraries Special Collections.

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