|NAME:||Austin McDowell Patterson|
|WORKED AT:||Chemical Abstracts|
Patterson taught at: Center College 1900-01; Rose Polytechnic Institute 1901-03; Chemical Editor, Webster's New International Dictionary 1903-07; Associate editor/editor, Chemical Abstracts 1907-14; Antioch College: Chairman Chemistry Department 1921-41; Vice-Pres. 1930-41; Emeritus prof., Antioch until 1955.
He worked on indexing organic compounds for Chemical Abstracts, leading to the development of a compound naming system. He wrote The Ring Index with Capell, listing/cataloging ring systems. He was a nomenclature pioneer at CAS. He was known for his English-German and English-French Dictionaries for Chemists as well as his column "Words about Words." With E. J. Crane, he published A Guide to the Literature of Chemistry. Patterson helped found Chemical Abstracts.
Crane said, "He was the leading authority on the world on the nomenclature of chemistry. He...has done more to solve the problems of chemical nomenclature than anyone else. He was ever willing to help those having difficulty naming chemical substances."
|AWARDS:||1949 Patterson-Crane Award(ACS) for meritorious contributions to the field of chemical literature, especially the documentation of chemistry; Given in honor of Patterson, a pioneer in the field; 1954 Community Service Award (Xenia Chamber of Commerce).|
|OFFICES:||ACS Committee on Nomenclature, Spelling, and Pronunciation Founding Chairman 1911-1914.|
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|INCLUDES:||Papers and correspondence are housed in an off-site facility of CAS. None of the papers have been processed or indexed but this is considered a temporary status since in the future CAS is looking to organize the archives. CAS is planning to contact the Chemical Heritage Foundation (formerly the Center for the History of Chemistry) in Philadelphia to see if it is interested in receiving, processing, and preserving these papers. Anyone interested in examining Crane's papers should notify the CAS librarian who can retrieve the papers within a day or two from the off-site storage.|
|FINDING AID:||None available at this time.|
|SOURCE:||Letter from W.V. Metanomski, Senior Editor, Authority Database Operations, CAS (25 June 1996).|