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Papers of Alan MacDiarmid

 Fonds — Multiple Containers
Identifier: maca

Scope and Contents

The records held in this collection consist of personal and ephemeral items which have been donated by his family. They include certificates, medals, publications, photographs, clippings, notebooks, university ephemera, printed slides from presentations, some teaching and research material, chemical samples, models, a banner, a framed 'genealogy of influence', a typewriter, and other realia.


  • 1884-2010

Biographical / Historical

Alan Graham MacDiarmid ONZ (1927-2007) was a Victoria B.Sc. Honours graduate from 1949 who went on to great things including (in collaboration with the Japanese chemist Hideki Shirakawa and the American physicist Alan Heeger) the discovery and development of conductive polymers. The trio shared the 2000 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for this work. Although much of his professional life was spent at the University of Pennsylvania, and more recently also at the University of Texas, Dallas, MacDiarmid maintained a strong association with New Zealand, and his Nobel Prize medal is on display in the MacDiarmid building at Victoria University of Wellington.


3500 linear_centimeters (13 Boxes)

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MacDiarmid's career in chemistry

Papers relating to Alan MacDiarmid's academic career in chemistry are held at the Othmer Library of Chemical History, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, USA. The collection there extends to 150 linear feet, 5 linear feet of which is photographs and other objects. It includes a comprehensive run of correspondence, and papers relating to grants, lectures, meetings and awards.

Separated Materials

Item 142, MacDiarmid's Nobel Prize medal, is on permanent display in the MacDiarmid Building, Victoria University of Wellington, Kelburn campus.
  • Chemistry Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
  • Science Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Scientists Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
Finding aid to the Papers of Alan MacDiarmid
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Repository Details

Part of the J C Beaglehole Room, Victoria University of Wellington Library Repository

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