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Being an expert witness: a work in progress August 6, 2010

Posted by fetzthechemist in Uncategorized.

My next career development article to appear in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry will be on the ins and outs of being an expert witness. Stay tuned.



1. Rhenium - August 10, 2010

Actually, I was wondering if you might do a post on Erich Clar someday?
I’ve been digging around in the aromatic literature and wondered if you knew much about him on a personal level, the “interwebs” don’t happen to help very much on that front.

2. fetzthechemist - August 10, 2010

The first draft of the essay has been submitted.

as far as Professor Clar, we exchanged correspondence in the early 1980s. I was to meet him at one of the ISPAC conferences in 1985, where he was to receive the PAH research award. That was in September, but he passed away during that summer. At the conference, Max Zander (a former Clar student and protege) introduced me to Mrs. Clar. We spent a very pleasant couple of hours at one of the meeting’s dinners talking. She was very interesting and full of stories of him.

I do remember that as an Austrian, he was a fervent anti-Nazi and left Austria when Germany annexed it. He ended up in Edinburgh and continued his work there. Ironically, he retired to the east coast of Spain, which had been quite fervently fascist under Franco.

I have a few stories from then, and from Max, and from another former student and protege, Dr. Werder Schmidt. Maybe I’ll dredge them from memory and write what I can sometime.

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