Kenneth Nyitray Trueblood

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Kenneth Nyitray Trueblood (1920–1998) was an American chemist known for pioneering work in the use of computers to determine chemical structures.[1] His work is recognized as significantly contributing to Nobel Prizes being awarded to his long-term collaborators Dorothy Hodgkin and Donald Cram. He published 140 research papers. His organization of a departmental X-ray crystallography lab served as a worldwide model for other chemistry departments.

Trueblood was a Guggenheim fellow for the academic year 1976-1977. He was Chair of the UCLA Department of Chemistry from 1965–1970 and 1990–1991. He was Dean of UCLA's College of Letters and Science from 1971–1974, and Chair of its Academic Senate from 1983–1984.[2][3]

In 2018, UCLA created the Kenneth N. Trueblood Endowed Chair in Chemistry & Biochemistry and appointed Neil K. Garg as the inaugural chairholder.


  1. ^ Eisenberg, David; Glusker, Jenny; Sparks, Robert (September 1998). "Obituary: Kenneth Nyitray Trueblood". Physics Today. 51 (9): 88–89. doi:10.1063/1.882465. 
  2. ^ Kenneth N. Trueblood (1920–1998), International Union of Crystallography, [1]
  3. ^ Obituaries, Kenneth Nyitray Trueblood, Acta Crystallographica Section B, Structural Science, Volume 54, Part 5 (October 1998), [2]