Chemistry at Illinois University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Willis H. Flygare Memorial Fund

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois

Willis H. FlygareThe Willis H. Flygare Memorial fund supports the Flygare Memorial Lectures held each year by the Department of Chemistry in honor of Dr. Willis Flygare. 


Willis "Bill" Flygare was a professor of Chemistry at Illinois from 1961 until his death in 1981.  During that time he directed more than 30 PhD students.  A visionary chemist, he developed a new experimental method involving the molecular Zeeman effect. Utilizing this effect, he measured most of the known molecular quadrupole moments and magnetic susceptibility anisotropies. He developed a highly sensitive microwave spectrometer by combining molecular beams with Fourier transform techniques. 

Dr. Flygare was a member of the National Academy of Sciences.  Following his death in 1981, a special issue of the Journal of Chemical Physics was published in his memory, with 117 articles written by friends and colleagues. 

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