Mentor, Educator, Friend and Genius:
A Great Scientist For All Seasons
Joel Bernstein’s Scientific and Professional Accomplishments Were Transformational:
• The Crystallographic Understanding of Solid-State Reactivity and Phase Transformations (1972)
• Conformations of Molecules in the Crystalline State (1972)
• Conformational Polymorphism : Crystal Structure, Electronic and Energetic Factors (1978)
• POLYMORPHISM! (no later than 1972, e.g., The Crystal and Molecular Structure of the Metastable Form of p-Chlorobenzylidene-p-chloroaniline, A Planar Anil J. Bernstein and G.M.J. Schmidt, Journal of the Chemical Society (London) (Perkin Transactions II), 951-955 (1972)).
• Organic Conductors (1984).
• Graph Set Analysis of Hydrogen Bonding (1990) (with Peggy Etter & John MacDonald) ; Addition of the code to RPLUTO, and later Mercury.
• “Hopping” Crystals (1994).
• Disappearing Polymorphs (1995). (with Jack Dunitz)
• Concomitant Polymorphs (1999). (with Roger Davey)
• The Legal, Ethical, Medical and Regulatory Consequences of Polymorphism (early 1990’s).
• Polymorphism in Molecular Crystals (2002, Oxford University Press). The Grand Book (!) and the 2nd edition (2020)
• Joel Bernstein Lecture, "How crystallography in synergy with spectroscopy and computation catalyzed a career in chemical crystallography", Toronto meeting of the American Crystallographic Association, 2018 (recorded by Victor G. Young, Jr.)
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Last updated 18 January 2022