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Department of

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Donald B. Peterson

Professor Emeritus, Chemistry

Professor Peterson received his BS in Chemistry from Penn State in 1954, and his PhD from the Carnegie Institute of Technology(now Carnegie-Mellon University) in 1958. He was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Leeds University (1958-60) where he worked on the radiation chemistry of water with Sir Fredrick Dainton, FRS. He was an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at McMaster University in Canada (1960-61) and Research Scientist at the University of Notre Dame (1961-1964) before joining the Chemistry faculty at USD in the fall of 1964. He served as chairman of the Department a number of years, and also served two one-year stints as Acting Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Peterson received the Davies Award in 1990. He published more than 20 scientific papers and technical reports during his career. He retired from USD in 1996.


B.S., Pennsylvania State University; M.S., Ph.D., Carnegie Institute of Technology