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Fred W. McLafferty
Born May 11, 1923 (1923-05-11) (age 97)
Nationality United States
Alma mater University of Nebraska
Cornell University
Known for Mass Spectrometry
Awards

ACS Award in Chemical Instrumentation (1972 )
Fisher Award (1981)

Member of the National Academy of Sciences (1982 )
ACS Nichols Gold Medal (1984 )
Oesper Award (1985 )
Sir J.J. Thomson Gold Medal (1985 )
Field and Franklin Award (1989)
ASMS Distinguished Contribution in Mass Spectrometry Award (2003)
Lavoisier Medal (2004)
Scientific career
Fields Chemist
Institutions Purdue University
Cornell University
Doctoral students I. Jonathan Amster

Fred Warren McLafferty is an American chemist known for his work in mass spectrometry. He is best known for the McLafferty rearrangement reaction that was observed with mass spectrometry. With Roland Gohlke, he pioneered the technique of gas chromatography–mass spectrometry. He is also known for electron capture dissociation, a method of fragmenting gas phase ions.

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