K. Thomas Finley

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K. Thomas Finley, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry

Physical Organic Chemistry and Chemistry for the Health Professions

Department of Chemistry
350 New Campus Drive

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Ph.D. '63, University of Rochester

In recent years my students and I have been involved in the study of how nucleophiles add to quinones. This interest grew from studies of the literature of quinone chemistry. I have also maintained interests in the biography of chemists, the history of science, and the description of the ways in which chemical studies influence our wider society. At the moment I am Consulting Editor for the Centennial Edition of Nobel Prize Winners in Chemistry to be published by Salem Press of Pasadena, California.

Representative Publications

With Sue Ann Herbert, "Solvent and Regiospecificity in Quinonoid Michael Additions," Proceedings--NCUR X (1998), Vol. 14, p. 1-5.

"Quinones as Synthons," in The Chemistry of the Quinonoid Compounds. Saul Patai and Z. Rappoport Editors, Vol. II, Chapter 11. Chichester: Wiley-Interscience, pp. 537-717 (1988).

"Quinones: Present State of Addition and Substitution Chemistry. The Chemistry of Hydroxyl,Ether,and Peroxide Groups. Saul Patai, Ed.Vol. 2, Chapter 19. Chichester: Wiley-Interscience, pp. 1027-1134 (1993).

"Quinones," in Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology, 4th ed., Vol. 20, J. I. Kroschwitz, Executive Editor. John Wiley & Sons: New York, pp. 799-830 (1996).

"Benzoquinone," in Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry. 5th edition, Weinheim, West Germany: VCH Publishers, Vol. A3, pp. 571-574, 1985.

With Patricia Joan Siegel, Women in the Scientific Search:An American Bio-bibliography, 1724-1979. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1985.

"Otto Paul Hermann Diels," in Great Lives from History: Twentieth Century. Frank N. Magill, Editor. Pasadena: Salem Press, Vol. 4, p. 25-29, 1990.

With Patricia Joan Siegel. "Helen Abbott Michael," p. 405-409; "Ruth Erica Benesch," p. 42-49; "Katherine Burr Blodgett," p. 65-71, in Women in Physics and Chemistry--A Biobibliographic Sourcebook. Louise S. Grinstein, Rose K. Rose, and Miriam H. Rafailcvich, Editors. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1993.

"Sir Derek H. R. Barton," p. 107-109; "Carl F. Cori," p. 287-289; "Gerty T. Cori," p. 290-292; "Sir John Cornforth," p. 295-297; "Gertrude Belle Elion," p. 392-394; "Lloyd Augustus Hall," p. 551-553; "Percy Lavon Julian," p. 715-718; "Sir Hans Adolf Krebs," p. 760-763; "Alphonse Laveran," p. 793-795; "Walter E. Massey," p. 896-898; "Vladimir Prelog," p. 1046-1048; "Ellen Swallow Richards," p. 1080-1083, in Biographical Encyclopedia of Scientists, ed. Richard Olson. New York: Marshall Cavendish Corp., 1998.

"Charlotte Angas Scott,"in Biographical Encyclopedia of Mathematicians, ed., Donald R. Franceschetti, New York: Marshall Cavendish Corp., p. 464-467, 1998.

"The Synthesis of Carbocyclic Compounds--A Historical Survey", Journal of Chemical Education, 42, 536-40 (1965).

"The Development of the Carbonium Ion Hypothesis," Organic Chemical Bulletin, 41, (2), 1-5 (1969).

With J.E.Morris. "Chem.Ed.in the G.V.--SUC at Brockport," Genesee Valley CHEMunications, 26, (1), 4-5 (1975).

With Patricia J. Siegel. "The First Synthetic Vat Dye, Indanthrene Blue, is Synthesized," p. 98-102; "Krebs Describes the Citric Acid Cycle," p. 1107-1112; "Barton and Hassel Share the Nobel Prize for Determining the Three-dimensional Shape of Organic Compounds," p. 1918-1922, in Great Events from History II. Frank N. Magill, Editor. Pasadena: Salem Press, 1991.

"Cornucopia and Chemophobia: From Vital Force to Synthetic Strangulation," in Fin de Siècle, 19th and 20th Century Comparisons and Perspectives, Plattsburgh Studies in the Humanities, Vol. 4, eds. Jügen Kleist and Bruce A. Butterfield, New York: Peter Lang, p 151-161, 1996.

"The Magic Bullet and the Mosquito," in War and Its Uses: Conflict and Creativity , Plattsburgh Studies in the Humanities, Vol. 6, eds. Jügen Kleist and Bruce A. Butterfield, New York: Peter Lang, p 103-114, 1999.

"Benzoquinone," in Ullmann’s Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry, 6th Edition, 2000 Electronic Release; WILEY-VCH, Weinheim 2000.

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