The 1961 Madison Organic Chemistry Symposium
In Honor of Professor S. M. McElvain
The Chemistry Department
University of Wisconsin
July 1, 1961
- A. C. Cope, Professor of Chemistry, MIT
Scope and Mechanisms of the Amine Oxide and Hofmann Exhaustive Methylation Routes from Amines to Olefins."
- T. P. Carney, Eli Lilly and Company
"Local Anesthetics. Cocaine to McElvain."
- C. F. Koelsch, Professor of Chemistry, University of Minnesota
"Synthesis of Quinones Derived from o-Terphenyl."
- Gilbert J. Stork, Professor of Chemistry, Columbia Universtiy
"Selectivity in Alkylation Reactions."
- Professor McElvain was born in Duquoin, Illinois on December 9, 1897. He received the B.S. degree
(1920) from Washington University (St. Louis) and M.S. (1921) and Ph.D. (1923) from the University of
Illinois. He was appointed Instructor at the University of Wisconsin in 1923, Assistant Professor
in 1925, Associate Professor in 1928 and Professor in 1933.
- His principal research interests have been: synthetic drugs, ester condensations, relative reactivities of organic
compounds, ketene acetals, pyridine and piperidine derivatives, active constituents of natural drugs
and volatile oils.
- During the 38 years that Professor McElvain has been at the University of Wisconsin
he has supervised the graduate work of eighty recipients of the Ph.D. degree and published
some one hundred and seventy papers. He also has several patents to his credit and has authored a book and coauthored another. In 1949 he was
elected to the National Academy of Sciences. His efforts in research and teaching represent a major contribution to the reputation of the Chemistry Department of the University of Wisconsin.
Arthur C. Cope, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(University of Wisconsin
1929 to 1932)
Thomas P. Carney, Eli Lilly and Company
(University of Wisconsin 1943-1944)
C. Fredrick Koelsch, University of Minnesota
(University of Wisconsin 1929 to 1931)
Gilbert J. Stork, Columbia University
(University of Wisconsin 1942 to 1945)
Professor Roger Adams, University of Illinois
(Graduate advisor of S. M. McElvain at the
University of Illinois)
William S. Johnson, Stanford University
(Colleague of S. M. McElvain for 20 years at the University of Wisconsin)