Marye Anne Fox Papers, 1969 - 2011 (MSS 0764)

Extent: 2 Linear feet (5 archives boxes)

The papers of physical organic chemist Marye Anne Fox, documenting her career as a researcher and professor. The collection dates from 1969-2011 and includes reprints, teaching files, subject files, notebooks, and grant proposals.

Marye Anne Payne Fox was born December 9, 1947 in Canton, Ohio to Charles and Lucille Payne. She earned a B.S. in chemistry at Notre Dame College in 1969, an M.S. at Cleveland State University in 1970, a Ph.D. in chemistry from Dartmouth College in 1974, and did postdoctoral research at the University of Maryland. Joining the faculty at the University of Texas as assistant professor of organic chemistry in 1976, she went on to become Rowland Pettit Centennial Professor, director of the Center for Fast Kinetics Research, Waggoner Regents Chair in chemistry, and vice president for research at the university. From 1998-2004, she served as chancellor and distinguished professor at North Carolina State University, and in 2004, she accepted the positions of chancellor and distinguished professor of chemistry at the University of California, San Diego. Fox was the first permanent female chancellor at both North Carolina State University and at UC San Diego.

Fox is known for her research in physical organic chemistry, particularly in the fields of photochemistry and electrochemistry. She has been a Sloan Foundation fellow and a recipient of both the Garvan Medal and the Charles Lathrop Parsons Award for outstanding public service from the American Chemical Society. Fox was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1994, the American Philosophical Society in 1996, and was awarded the National Medal of Science in 2009. She has served on the National Science Board, the U.S. Committee of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, and the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. She holds three patents related to her research, and has coauthored textbooks on organic chemistry with her husband, James K. Whitesell. Marye Anne Fox stepped down as chancellor of UC San Diego in 2012, returning to research and teaching.

The papers of Marye Anne Fox, seventh chancellor of UC San Diego and National Medal of Science laureate, document her career as a researcher and professor of physical organic chemistry. The collection dates from 1969-2011 and is arranged in five series: 1) REPRINTS, 2) TEACHING FILES, 3) SUBJECT FILES, 4) NOTEBOOKS and 5) GRANT PROPOSALS.


The REPRINTS series contains most of Fox's published scientific articles from 1970-1999, arranged chronologically, including collaborative works with other researchers. Her research in the fields of organic photochemistry and electrochemistry has applications in solar energy, semiconductors, functional polymers, and environmental chemistry.


The TEACHING FILES series (1969-1993) includes notes, syllabi, problem sets, exam questions and departmental memoranda used by Fox while teaching advanced organic chemistry and photochemistry at the University of Texas, Austin. The files are arranged by course title.


The SUBJECT FILES series (1981-2011) consists of correspondence and clippings on ethics in scientific research; notes on photochemistry; and materials regarding conferences on organic chemistry.


The NOTEBOOKS series (1988-1998) contains handwritten notebooks on chemistry, group meetings, and research ideas kept by Fox while working at the University of Texas, Austin. The chemistry notebook and the 1998 Research Ideas notebook each have an index at the front of the volume.


The GRANTS PROPOSALS series (1989-2004) includes correspondence, progress reports, and grant proposals submitted by Fox to agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, the Army Research Office, and the Welch Foundation. Most of the proposals are regarding research in organic photochemistry or electrochemistry, and many were created in collaboration with organic chemist James K. Whitesell. The files are arranged by proposal title.

Container List


Box: 1 Folder: 1-10
Box: 2 Folder: 1-7


Advanced Organic Chemistry, CH386J
Box: 2 Folder: 8
Notes, 1984-1985 & undated
Box: 3 Folder: 1
Exam Questions, 1977-1987
Box: 3 Folder: 2
Problem Sets, undated
Box: 3 Folder: 3-4
Advanced Theoretical Chemistry/Photochemistry, CH391, Fox/Dewar, 1980-1985
Box: 3 Folder: 5
Chemistry 610A, 1980
Box: 3 Folder: 6-7
Chemistry 610B, 1980-1986
Box: 3 Folder: 8
Introductory Photochemistry, 1969-1974
Box: 3 Folder: 9
Organic Chemistry, CHM3210, 1993
Box: 3 Folder: 10
Photochemistry Synthesis, undated


Box: 3 Folder: 11-12
Ethics, 1998-2011
Box: 3 Folder: 13
International Union of Pure & Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) - Photochemistry, 1981
Box: 3 Folder: 14
Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen, Academy Workshops, Amsterdam, 1997
Box: 4 Folder: 1
Miscellaneous conferences, 1989-1995


Box: 4 Folder: 2
Chemistry notes, 1988-1995
Box: 4 Folder: 3
Group Meetings, 1988-1994
Box: 4 Folder: 4-5
Research Ideas, 1992-1998


Box: 4 Folder: 6
Advanced Oxidation Processes: Synthetic Applications of Hydroxy-Radical Reactions on Surfaces and in Supercritical Fluids (Environmental Protection Agency), 1997
Box: 4 Folder: 7
Aggregation-Induced Effects on Physical and Optical Properties in Self-Assembled Monolayers and Non-homogenous Dispersions (National Science Foundation), 2002
Box: 4 Folder: 8
Efficient Light Harvesting and Directional Electron Transfer in Synthetic Anisotropic Nanoparticles (Department of Energy), 2002
Box: 4 Folder: 9
Electron Mobility in Multilayer Assemblies and Aggregates (The Welch Foundation), 1997
Box: 4 Folder: 10
Kinetic and Spatial Resolution of Primary Events in Photomedicine (Advanced Technology Program), 1989
Box: 4 Folder: 11
Magnetic Properties of Electronically Coupled Polyradicals (Advanced Research Program), 1997
Box: 5 Folder: 1
Near Infrared Photochemistry on Surfaces: Organic Electron Transfer Reactions on Zeolites, Clays and Semiconductors (Advanced Research Program), 1993
Box: 5 Folder: 2
New Architectures for Integrated Photoelectrochemical Systems (Department of Energy), 2000
Box: 5 Folder: 3
Novel Molecular Architectures for Photoinduced Electron Transfer (Advanced Research Program), 1995
Box: 5 Folder: 4
Optical Properties of Reactive Intermediates, Hyperchromic Arrays, and Clusters in Supercritical Fluids (National Science Foundation), 2002
Box: 5 Folder: 5
Photocatalytic Environmental Purification on Highly Dispersed Metal Oxide Clusters and Surfaces (Army Research Office), 1995
Box: 5 Folder: 6
Photochemical and Photophysical Probes for Local Order in Model Systems that Mimic Optical Sensors (National Science Foundation), 2004
Box: 5 Folder: 7
Photochromes for New Generation of Highly Efficient Computers with Three Dimensional (3D) Optical Memory (International Science and Technology Center), 2001
Box: 5 Folder: 8
Photomodulation of Surface Properties for New Sensor and Imaging Applications (Advanced Technology Program), 1997
Box: 5 Folder: 9
Photoresponsiveness and Light Harvesting in Synthetic Nanowires, Nanosheets, and Nanospheres (Department of Energy), 2001
Box: 5 Folder: 10
Photoswitched Molecular Devices: Synthesis, Ion-Selective Self-Assembly into Supramolecular Complexes and Stereospecific (2+2) - Photocycloaddition of Unsaturated Crown Ethers (U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation for the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union), 1999
Box: 5 Folder: 11
Physical Properties of New Absorptive Dyes and of Molecules Aggregated into Ordered and Disordered Assemblies (National Science Foundation), 2002
Box: 5 Folder: 12
Selective Organic Chemistry in Supramolecular Arrays (Advanced Research Program), 1989
Box: 5 Folder: 13
Synthesis of Composite Low-Dimensional Polymers for Electronic and Photonic Applications (Advanced Technology Program), 1993
Box: 5 Folder: 14
Vectorial Electron Transfer in Spatially Ordered Arrays (Department of Energy), 1994
Box: 5 Folder: 15
Miscellaneous proposals, 1995-2003