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Turkevich received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1928 and a Master of Science degree in 1930 from Dartmouth College. Four years later, he graduated from Princeton University with a Doctor of Philosophy degree.
Turkevich began his career as an instructor of chemistry at Dartmouth College and held the position from 1928 to 1935. A year later, he began working as a professor of chemistry at Princeton University in New Jersey, United States and held the position for 39 years.
Turkevich was a lecturer of Russian history at Princeton University from 1940 to 1942.
In 1963, he decided to take a position of a lecturer at Woodrow Wilson School Government of Princeton University, where Turkevich worked until 1966. He held the position of Eugene Higgins professor of chemistry at Princeton University in 1955-1975. In 1975, John was made a professor emeritus.
In 1960, Turkevich became the first science attache named to the United States Embassy in Moscow and four years later, he was the head of a delegation to the Soviet Union to establish scientific exchanges with the United States.
Turkevich was a visiting professor at Tokyo Institute Technology in 1974 and at Lausanne University in 1979.
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Turkevich was a member of International Catalysis Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science and Council on Foreign Relations.
John Turkevich married Ludmilla Buketoff Turkevich in July, 1934. They have 2 daughters and four grandchildren.