Professor Robert G. Carlson (1938 - 2020)

The Department of Chemistry regrets to announce the passing of Emeritus Professor Robert G. Carlson, who died November 26th at the age of 82.  Professor Carlson was an exceptionally talented researcher and gifted educator.  His generous and collegial approach helped shape our department and his dedication in the classroom contributed to generations of students fulfilling their ambitions.  

There will be an online memorial service for Robert on Saturday, December 5th at 1 PM. Those wishing to attend can go to The link will be live starting at 12:45 PM.

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The Department of Chemistry at KU provides excellent and diverse opportunities for students and faculty interested in cutting-edge education and research. Diversity in our research and a strong culture of collegial interaction among the faculty, staff and students has always set us apart.  We also put a strong premium on interdisciplinary research and the vast majority of our faculty have research collaborations that involve other departments at KU, around the country and abroad.  Our committment to innovative teaching and multidisciplinary research is showcased in our newest building - the Integrated Science Building - which opened May 2018.








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