Professor Emeritus James E. Huheey, 84, died on Feb. 4th, 2020, in Knoxville, Tennessee.
He received his BS in Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati in 1957, his MS (1959) and his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry (1961) from the University of Illinois, Urbana.
Jim began his academic career at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1961 and moved to the University of Maryland at College Park in 1965. His chemical research interests were centered on electronegativity, particularly group electronegativities, and related topics. The first edition of his innovative textbook for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students, Inorganic Chemistry: Principles of Structure and Reactivity, was published in 1972. He utilized many recently published results to illustrate the chemistry being discussed and his book was widely adopted. Revised editions were published in 1978 and 1983. Ellen Keiter and Richard Keiter joined him as co-authors for the fourth edition published in 1993. Foreign language translations included German, French, Spanish, and Indian. He became a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1980.
Prof. Tobin Marks of Northwestern University received the American Chemical Society’s highest award, the Priestley Medal, in 2017. In his acceptance speech, he praised his undergraduate education in chemistry at Maryland – including Huheey’s “crystal-clear lectures” in the advanced inorganic chemistry course he took in his senior year, 1965-66.
Jim also had strong zoological interests in amphibians and reptiles, particularly in the mimicry of salamanders. He published more than 60 papers in zoology journals and co-authored two books, Amphibians and Reptiles of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, James E. Huheey & Arthur Stupka (The University of Tennessee Press,1967) and Reptiles & Amphibians of the Smokies, Stephen G. Tilley & James E. Huheey (Great Smoky Mountains Natural History Association, 2001).
He retired from the University of Maryland in 1995 and moved to Lenoir City, TN.
– Jerry Miller, Prof. Emeritus
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