Sidney Benson

USC Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Chemistry Sidney W. Benson, who became scientific co-director of USC Dornsife’s Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute when it opened in 1977, has died. He was 93. Among the world’s most-cited chemists, Benson published more than 500 scientific papers and books on physical chemistry. His research in thermochemistry transformed a once esoteric field into an active branch of modern chemistry. Those who work at modeling complex chemical processes such as air pollution, the ozone layer, combustion, or explosions make use of Benson’s fundamental contributions. Benson died Friday, Dec. 30, at his home in Brentwood, CA, after complications from a stroke, his wife of 26 years Anna Bruni Benson said.



Published Obituaries and Tributes

In Memoriam: Sidney W. Benson, 93, USC News

In Memoriam: Sidney W. Benson, 93, USC News

PASSINGS: Sidney W. Benson, Obituaries, Los Angeles Times


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