Neil Gordon


Neil Elbridge Gordon (October 7, 1886 – May 30, 1949)[2] was an American chemist and educator. He founded the Journal of Chemical Education (c. 1924) and established the Gordon Research Conferences (c. 1931).[2]

Neil Gordon
Born(1886-10-07)October 7, 1886
New York, U.S.
DiedMay 30, 1949(1949-05-30) (aged 62)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Alma mater
Known for
Scientific career
Goucher College (1917–1919)
University of Maryland (1919–1928)
Johns Hopkins University (1928–1936)
Central College in Missouri (1936-1942)
Wayne State University (1942–1947)
Thesis The Solubility of Liquids in Liquids. The Partition of the Lower Acids between Water and Cottonseed Oil. Also the Partition of Formic Acid between Water and Various Organic Compounds.  (1917[1])



He held several Chair positions spanning his time at the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, Central College in Missouri, and Wayne State University.

Personal life and death


On May 30, 1949 Gordon committed suicide by jumping from the roof of a "fashionable hotel" near downtown Detroit, 13 floors high. Three policemen had tried unsuccessfully to prevent his leap. The news wrote he was despondent over ill health-[3]


  1. ^ Report of the President of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. Johns Hopkins Press. 1917. p. 157.
  2. ^ a b "Journal History: Guiding the Journal of Chemical Education". Journal of Chemical Education. 75 (11): 1373–1380. 1998. Bibcode:1998JChEd..75.1373.. doi:10.1021/ed075p1373.
  3. ^ "Chemist dies from plunge". Eugene Register-Guard. May 31, 1949. Retrieved May 5, 2023.