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Camille Sandorfy

                             C. Sandorfy in 1970.                              Camille Sandorfy was born in 1920 in Budapest, Hungary. B.Sc. in 1943, Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1946, both at the University of Szeged, Hungary.

In 1949 he got his second doctorate, a D.Sc., at the Sorbonne, Paris. From 1947-1953 Sandorfy was connected with the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) in Paris in various assignments.

He became Assistant Prof. at the Université de Montréal in 1954, Assoc. Prof. in 1956, Full Professor (Univ. de Montréal) in 1959 - .

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At left C. Sandorfy in 1970.
                             Sandorfy - 'Les Années 80'

C. Sandorfy taken from the Univ. Montréal Chem. site in 2002.



1946 Research associate at the Technical University of Budapest, Hungary

1947-51 Attaché de recherches at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, France

1951-53 National Research Council of Canada postdoctorate fellow, Ottawa
1953 Chargé de recherches at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, France

1954 National Research Council of Canada postdoctorate fellow at the Université de Montréal

1954-56 Assistant professor at Université de MontréaI

1956-59 Associate professor at Université de Montréal

1959 - Professor at Université de Montréal

1968 Visiting professor at Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris (3 months)

1969 Visiting professor at the Italian National Research Council, Naples (3 months)

1970 Visiting professor at the Universities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil (2 months)

1974-75 Visiting professor at Université de Paris VI (6 months)

1982 Visiting professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1 month)

1987 Visiting scientist. Laboratoire de Spectrochimie infrarouge et Raman du Centre National de la recherche scientifique. Thiais and Lille, France.

1987 Lecture tour in China (1987).


Hungarian, French, English, German, Spanish


Canadian Journal of Chemistry (1971-1973), editor 1980-1983

Theoretica Chimica Acta - (1966-1987)

Chemical Physics Letters - (1967-1986)

Journal of Molecular Structure (Theochem.) - (1967 - 1996)

Canadian Journal of Applied Spectroscopy - (1973- 1997)

Spectroscopy: An International Journal (1986- present)


First prize for published scientific book, Quebec, 1964

Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, 1967

M6daille L~o Parizeau, Association Canadienne-fran9aise pour l'Avancement des Sciences, 1973

Member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science, 1974

Killam Memorial Scholarship (Canada Council), 1978-79, 1979-80

Member of the European Academy of Ans, Scienees and Humanities, 1980

Herzberg medal of the Spectroscopy Society of Canada, 1980

Prix Marie-Victorin (the prize for science of Quebec), 1982

Chemical Institute of Canada medal, 1983.

A Symposium on Vacuum Ultraviolet Photochemistry marking my 65th years was organized at the 68th Canadian Chemical Conference at Kingston, Ontario, 1985.

The July 1985 issue of the Canadian Journal of Chemistry was dedicated to me on the occasion of my 65th birthday. (Can J. Chem. 63, 1345-2088 (1985).

PhD degree, Honoris Causa, University of Moneton, New Brunswick, 1986.

PhD degree, Honoris Causa, University of Szeged, Hungary, 1988.

World Organization of Theoretical Organic Chemists medal, 1990.

Compagnon de Lavoisier (Order of Chemists of Québec), 1992.

Membre honoraire de l'Association Canadienne-Francaise pour l'Avancement des Sciences, 1993.

Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1993.

Heyrovsky gold-medal of the Czech Academy of Sciences, 1993.

Vol. 297 of the Journal of Molecular Structure has been dedicated to me on the occasion of my 7Oth birthday. Special issue. "Spectroscopy and the Structure of Molecules and Molecular Systems." pp. 1-444, 1993.

Officer of the Order of Canada (O.C.), 1995

Chevalier de l'Ordre du Québec (C.Q.), 1995


- 2nd Canadian Symposium on Quantum Chemistry - Montreal, 1967. Organized with M.A. Whitehead

- International Conference on Hydrogen Bonding, Ottawa, 1972. Member of organizing committee

- NATO - Advanced Study Institute on "Chemical Spectroscopy and Photochemistry in the Vacuum Ultraviolet", Val Morin, Quebec, 1973. Director

- Symposium on the Mechanism of Vision, Montreal, 1981. Chairman

- NATO Advanced Study Institute on "Spectroscopy of Biological Molecules." Maratea, Italy, 1983. (Director)

- Sth International Congress on Quantum Chemistry. Montreal, Canada, 1985 (Chairman of the Congress).

Books and Papers

1. R.N. Jones and C. Sandorfy, “The application of Infrared and Raman Spectrometry on the Elucidation of Molecular Structure“, In Weissberger‘s Technique of Qrganic Chemistry, Vol. 9, pp. 247-580. Interscience Publishers Inc., New York, 1956. Traduit en russe.

2. C. Sandorfy (Préface de Louis de Broglie), ‘Les spectres électroniques en chimie théorique“, Les éditions de la Revue d‘Qptique, Paris, 1959, 230 pages. Traduits en allemand par H. Hirschhausen, Verlag Chemie, Weinheim/Bergstrasse, 1961.
Traduit en japonais par Y. Amako, Kinokuniya Book Store, Co. Ltd., Tokyo, 1963.

3. C. Sandorfy, “Electronic Spectra and Quantum Chemistry“, Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, 1964, 385 pages.

4. C. Sandorfy “The Chemistry of the Carbon-Nitrogen Double Bond. General Aspects“, pp. 1-60, Interscience Publishers, London, 1970. Editeur 5. Patai.

5. R. Daudel and C. Sandorfy, “Semiempirical Wavemechanical Calculations on Polyatomic Molecules“, Yale University Press, New Haven, Conn. 1971, 133 pages.

6. C. Sandorfy, P.J. Ausloos and M.B. Robin, editors, ‘Chemical Spectroscopy and Photochemistry in the Vacuum Ultraviolet“; NATO ASI series, D. Reidel Publishing Co., Dordrecht, Holland, 1974. (Rédacteur et auteur de deux chapitres.)

7. P. Schuster, G. Zundel, and C. Sandorfy, editors, “The Hydrogen Bond“, Vols. 1, II, III, North-Holland Publishing Co., 1976, (Rédacteur et auteur d‘un chapitre.)

8. C.Sandorfy, “Absorption Spectra of Organic Molecules: Valence-Shell and Rydberg Transitions“. Topics in Current Chemistry, Vol. 86, pp. 92-138. Springer-Verlag, 1979.

9. G. Trudeau, J.-M. Dumas, P. Dupuis, M. Gu~rin and C. Sandorfy, “Intermolecular Interactions and Anesthesia: Infrared Spectroscopic Studies.“ Topics in Current Chemistry, Vol. 93, pp. 9 1-125. Springer-Verlag, 1980.

10. C. Sandorfy, “Vibrational Spectra of Hydrogen Bonded Systems in the Gas Phase in Topics in Current Chemistry“, 120, pp. 4 1-84, Springer-Verlag,1984.

11. C.Sandorfy and T. Theophanides, editors. "Spectroscopy of Biological Molecules" NATO ASI series, D. Reidel Publishing Co., Dordrecht, Holland, 1983. (Rédacteur et auteur d'un chapitre).

12. D.W. Urry and C. Sandorfy "Drug and Anesthetic Effeets on Membrane Structure and Function', pp. 91-131. Wiley-Liss, 1991.

13. C. Sandorfy, "The Electronic Spectra of Ethane and Ethylene." In Advances in Molecular Structure Research. Vol. 4, pp. 281-318. M. Hargittai, editor. Jai Press, Inc. 1998.

14. C. Sandorfy, "Petites et grandes minorités: survie et émigration", In "Protection and Development of our Intangible Heritage." H. Kirkinen, editor. Studia Carelica Humanistica, 1998, Finland.

15. C. Sandorfy, editor. "The Role of Rydberg States in Spectroscopy and Photochemistry. Low and High Rydberg States." 532 pages, 16 co-authors. Kluwer Academic Publishers. 1999.

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