About the Author
Kazuo Nakamoto received his B.S. and D. Sc. From Osaka University and remained at Osaka as a member of the faculty for an additional four years, except for the two years which he spent at Iowa State University working in the laboratory of Robert E. Rundle as a Fulbright Scholar. In 1958 he joined the faculty atClarkUniversity, moving to Illinois Institute of Technology in 1961 and in 1969 he became the first Wehr Professor of Chemistry at Marquette University.
Professor Nakamoto has directed the research of more than 85 graduate students and postdoctoral associates. He has published more than 210 papers and 15 review articles and he continues to publish to this day. He was a pioneer in the use of metal isotopes to elucidate the involvement of metals in low frequency vibrations in metallic complexes. He was also amongst the first to use matrix isolation techniques to prepare and characterize unstable species. During the late 1960s and early 70s he turned to resonance Raman spectroscopy and showed the great potential of this technique; his papers on polypyridyl complexes are cited to this day.
He has also authored several texts in the field of spectroscopy, including the very famous book on Infrared and Raman Spectra of Inorganic and Coordination Compounds, the fifth edition of which was issued in 1998 and was the winner of the 2000 Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Book Award for the best book in the sciences written by a faculty member at a Jesuit University.