Beginning with its first volume in 1915 under the direction of PNAS chairman, chemist, and educator Arthur A. Noyes, PNAS was known for publishing papers in the physical sciences and mathematics. Chemist Linus C. Pauling also served as chairman from 1950–1955, followed by biochemist Wendell M. Stanley from 1955–1960, biochemist John T. Edsall from 1968–1972, and biochemist Daniel E. Koshland, Jr. from 1980–1984. Research published in the chemistry section of PNAS spans the discipline broadly from the classic works of Pauling, Robert B. Corey, and H. R. Branson describing protein structure in 1951, the 1977 work of F. Sanger, S. Nicklen, and A. R. Coulson describing new methods to determine nucleotide sequences in DNA, to the latest state-of-the-art research covered in topical PNAS special features. Indeed, Nobel Laureates in Chemistry have published more than 1,350 papers in PNAS over the years.
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Chemistry at the Academy
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