Harold Johnston was born in Woodstock, Georgia, on October
11, 1920. In 1941 he was graduated from Emory University,
Georgia, with the A.B. degree in Chemistry with a minor in
English Literature. He carried out graduate studies at the
California Institute of Technology (Caltech), 1941-42 and
1945-47, and obtained the Ph.D. degree in Chemistry with a
minor Physics in l948. In April 1942, he joined a secret war
project, which involved laboratory and field work at Caltech
on defense against possible new war gases (1942-45). He was
on the faculty of the Chemistry Department of Stanford University
(1947-56) and the California Institute of Technology (1956-57).
From 1957-1991, was Professor of Chemistry at the University
of California, Berkeley, serving as Dean of the College of
Chemistry from 1966 to 1970. Since 1991, he has been Professor
Emeritus of Chemistry at Berkeley. He and Mary Ella Johnston
were married in 1948 and live at 132 Highland Blvd., Kensington,
CA 94708; they have four children and six grandchildren.
He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1965
and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1972.
His major awards were the Tyler World Prize for Environmental
Achievement (1983), the National Academy of Sciences Award
for Chemistry in the Service to Society (1993), and the National
Medal of Science (1997).