F. Gordon A. Stone

June 28, 2011

Dr. F. Gordon A. Stone, CBE, FRS, Emeritus Robert A. Welch Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Baylor, died April 6. He was 85. Stone was one of the 100 most-referenced chemists in the world according to the Institute for Scientific Information. Stone earned his bachelor's and doctoral degrees from Cambridge. In 1952, he became a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Southern California. He also has received honorary doctoral degrees from five universities. From 1954 to 1962, he was an instructor and later an assistant professor at Harvard University, and in 1961, was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship. He returned to the United Kingdom in 1962 and for the next 27 years taught at Bristol University, serving twice as chair of the Department of Inorganic Chemistry. In 1990, Stone joined the Baylor faculty. He was the author of more than 900 academic publications and for many years served as editor of Advances in Organometallic Chemistry. Stone mentored hundreds of graduate students from around the world who have earned doctorates under his supervision and post-doctoral students who have studied in his laboratory. His scientific autobiography, Leaving No Stone Unturned, was published in 1993 by the American Chemical Society as part of a series of books by 30 preeminent chemists.