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consultant , chemicals company executive

Rudolph Pariser, American chemicals company executive, consultant. Recipient Outstanding Achievement award, University Minnesota, 1976, Lavoisier medal, DuPont, 2003.


Pariser, Rudolph was born on December 8, 1923 in Harbin, China. Came to the United States, 1941, naturalized, 1944. Son of Ludwig Jacob and Lia (Rubinstein) Pariser.


He attended the Von Hindenburg Schule in Harbin, an American Missionary School in Beijing and American School in Japan in Tokyo. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1944, and his Ph.


He left for the United States just before World War II broke out. D. degree from the University of Minnesota in physical chemistry in 1950. From 1944 to 1946, during World War II and shortly afterward, he served in the United States Army.

He became a naturalized citizen of the United States of America in 1944. He spent most of his career as a polymer chemist working for DuPont in the Central Research Department at the Experimental Station. He rose to the level of Director of Polymer Sciences, leading it during a time of great innovation.

After retiring from DuPont, he formed his own consulting company. Pariser is best known for his work with Robert G. Parr on the method of molecular orbital computation now known (because it was independently developed by John A Pople) as the Pariser–Parr–Pople method (PPP method), published both by Pariser and Parr and by Pople in almost simultaneous papers in 1953.


  • Avocations: skiing, tennis, golf, sailing, gardening. M C.


  • Other Work

    • Associate editor Journal Chemical Physics, 1966-1969, Chemical Physics Letters, 1967-1970, Du Pont Innnovation, 1969-1975. Member advisory board Journal Polymer Science, 1980-1989. Member editorial board New Polymeric Materials, 1985-1992.

      Patentee in field. Contributor articles to professional journals.


With United States Army, 1944-1946. Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, International Union Pure and Applied Chemistry. Member American Chemical Society (Delaware section award, 1957), World Innovation Foundation (honorary fellow), American Physical Society, Philadelphia Interlocuters (president 1972-1976), Du Pont Country Club, Sigma Xi, Phi Lambda Upsilon.


  • Other Interests

    Skiing, tennis, golf, sailing, gardening.


Married Margaret Louise Marsh, July 31, 1972.

Ludwig Jacob Pariser

Lia (Rubinstein) Pariser

Margaret Louise Marsh