Dr. Edward I. Stiefel, 64, Chemistry Professor, Princeton University
BRIDGEWATER -- Edward
I. Stiefel died Monday, September 4, 2006, at Robert Wood Johnson University
Hospital, New Brunswick. Born in Brooklyn, he resided in Bridgewater for the
past 26 years.
He was an undergraduate and
graduate, receiving his bachelor's degree from New York University and a
Master's and Ph.D in Chemistry with Professor Harry B. Gray from Columbia
University. He was a faculty member at the State University of New York at Stony
Brook; senior investigator at Charles F. Kettering Research Laboratory; and
senior scientific advisor at Corporate Strategic Research Exxon/Exxon Mobile. In
2000, he joined the faculty of Princeton University as Ralph W. Dornte Lecturer
with the rank of full Professor.
Dr. Stiefel had more than 150
scientific publications; holds 30 U.S. patents; and had co-edited Molybdenum
Enzyme Cofactors and Model Systems, Transitions Metal Sulphus Chemistry;
Biological and Industrial Significance Encyclopedia of Catalysis. His review
article on the coordination and bioinorganic chemistry of Molybdenum was a
citatio classic having been cited in more than 800 publications.
Edward served on the NSF Panel on
Opportunities in Biotechnology, the Petroleum Research Fund advisor and chaired
the Bioinorganic Subdivision of the American Chemical Society. He was on the
advisory boards of Progress in Inorganic Chemistry, the Board of Reviews of
Science and the Faculty of 1000. He organized the ACS Symposium on Molybdenum
Enzymes, Cofactor Systems in 1992 and chaired the Gordon Research Conferences (GRC)
on Metals in Biology. He organized a symposium on biomineralization at the IV
International Conference on Advanced Materials, the Symposium on Transition
Metal Sulfur Chemistry. He was founding co-chairman of the 2002 Inaugural GRC on
Environmental Bioinorganic Chemistry (EBIC).
In 1994, he was elected a fellow
of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was the
recipient of the American Chemical Society Award in Inorganic Chemistry for the
year 2000. He was co-editor of the book, "Biological Inorganic Chemistry
Structure and Reactivity," which is due to publish in the fall this year.
Edward had a great passion for
teaching and a great love for music. He enjoyed playing piano and accordion. He
was an avid reader and book collector. He was a movie buff and enjoyed fine art.
Edward was very devoted to his
family, especially his grandsons. Surviving are his beloved wife of 42 years,
Jeannette Musco Stiefel; his loving daughter, Karen Hoerhold and husband, Udo,
of New Hampshire; two cherished grandsons,Max and Jake; his beloved brother,
George and sister-in-law, Susan, of Baldwin, Long Island, N.Y.; a beloved niece,
Bryna; and nephew, Spencer.