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The Structure of Melamine

Inscription on back of canvas: The Structure of Melamine, from E. W. Hughes, ACS [American Chemical Society?], June 19[...illegible], p. 173?. Private property of Dan McLachlan Jr.

Edward W. Hughes, Research Fellow in chemistry at Caltech, is chiefly remembered for having introduced the least-squares method of refinement to crystallographers after work on the crystal structure of melamine in 1941 by X-ray diffraction.

Oil painting by Dan McLachan, Jr., (1905-1982), crystallographer, amateur painter, and editor of the book Crystallography in North America (with Jenny P. Glusker, 1983). Edward W. Hughes, Research Fellow in chemistry at Caltech, is chiefly remembered for having introduced the least-squares method of refinement to crystallographers after work on the crystal structure of melamine in 1941 by X-ray diffraction. (The crystal structure of melamine, J. Amer. Chem. Soc. 63:1737-52, 1941). The painting was perhaps made in honor of Hughes's work, but the precise provenance is unknown. The painting was donated to the Caltech Archives from the estate of Ruth Hughes (Mrs. Edward Hughes).


ID: 2009-00054
McLachlan, Dan

MEDIUM: Canvas; FORMAT: Oil; Framed; LENGTH: 28 x 22 inches; QUANTITY: 1

Topics: Crystallography, Chemistry

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