Daniel S. Kemp

Daniel Schaeffer Kemp (October 20, 1936 – May 2, 2020)[1][2] was an American organic chemist, an emeritus professor of chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Kemp's work was focused on the synthesis and conformational analysis of peptides. He developed several chemical ligation strategies and methods for templating the formation of helices and sheets. The eponymous Kemp's triacid [pl] and the Kemp elimination [de] reaction (and the Kemp decarboxylation [de] variant) are among his developments. He was the author of an organic chemistry textbook.


Kemp was born in Portland, Oregon. He received his Bachelor of Arts in chemistry from Reed College in 1958 and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1964 where he was elected to the Harvard Society of Fellows.

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  • Kemp, Daniel S.; Frank Vellaccio (1980). Organic Chemistry. Worth Publishers. ISBN 0-87901-123-8.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Doughty, Danielle (May 8, 2020). "Daniel Kemp, professor emeritus of chemistry, dies at 83".
  2. ^ "COVID-19 claims the life of Daniel S. Kemp". Chemical & Engineering News. Retrieved 2020-05-15.
  3. ^ "Arthur C. Cope Scholar Awards". American Chemical Society.
  4. ^ "Ralph F. Hirschmann Award in Peptide Chemistry". American Chemical Society.

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