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John S. Waugh

John S. Waugh
Born (1929-04-25)April 25, 1929
Willimantic, Connecticut
Died August 22, 2014(2014-08-22) (aged 85)
Concord, Massachusetts
Residence Lincoln, Massachusetts
Citizenship American
Nationality USA
Fields chemical physics
Institutions Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Alma mater Dartmouth College (A.B.) - 1949
California Institute of Technology (PhD) - 1953
Dartmouth College (ScD) - 1989
Doctoral advisor Don M. Yost
Doctoral students Alexander Pines
Known for NMR spectroscopy in solids,
Computational studies of spin systems
Notable awards Irving Langmuir Award (1976)
Wolf Prize in Chemistry (1983)

John Stewart Waugh (April 25, 1929 – August 22, 2014) was an American chemist and Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[1] He is known for developing average hamiltonian theory and using it to extend NMR spectroscopy, previously limited to liquids, to the solid state. He is the author of ANTIOPE, a freeware general purpose Windows-based simulator of the spectra and dynamics of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). He has also used systems of a few coupled spins to illustrate the general requirements for equilibrium and ergodicity in isolated systems.

In 1974 Waugh was elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), in the Chemistry section.[2]

Waugh was awarded the Wolf Prize in Chemistry for 1983/84 with Herbert S. Gutowsky and Harden M. McConnell for their independent work on NMR spectroscopy.[3] Waugh was cited for his "fundamental theoretical and experimental contributions to high resolution nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy in solids."[3] He died on August 22, 2014.[4]


  1. ^ "Who's who in Frontiers of Science and Technology - Google Books". 2007-07-25. Retrieved 2014-08-24. 
  2. ^ NAS (2007)
  3. ^ a b Wolf Foundation Prize Committee for Chemistry (n.d.)
  4. ^ "John Waugh, Institute Professor emeritus, dies at 85 | MIT News Office". Retrieved 2014-08-24. 


  • National Academy of Sciences (2007). "Waugh, John S.". Membership Directory. NAS online. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 
  • Wolf Foundation Prize Committee for Chemistry (n.d.). "The 1983/4 Wolf Foundation Prize in Chemistry". The Wolf Prizes. Wolf Foundation. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 

External links

  • MIT faculty webpage

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