Echoes of our VSEPRing

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The author's interest in understanding molecular structures brought him into very active interaction with Ronald Gillespie. This interaction culminated in a joint book in 1991, The VSEPR Model of Molecular Geometry. Segments of a recent interview by the author with Ronald Gillespie in The Chemical Intelligencer (1999, July) are presented along with the author's comments. It is suggested that comparison with two contemporaries, L.S. Bartell and G.A. Olah may be instructive in understanding Gillespie, whereas Gillespie himself reaches back to Charles Darwin for an intriguing parallel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-35
Number of pages15
JournalCoordination Chemistry Reviews
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2000


  • Contributions of R.J. Gillespie
  • Molecular structure
  • Science history
  • VSEPR model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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