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Vol. 32 No. 3
May-June 2010

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In Memoriam—Ari Horvath

Ari Horvath, a longtime member of the IUPAC solubility data community, died in February 2010 at age 77 in Warrington in Cheshire, UK.

Even those who were close enough to Ari to benefit from his generosity and kindness, who knew of his passion for opera and classical music, who recognized the great love he had for his wife Joan and daughter Helen, and who, despite his modesty, became aware of the diverse and extensive contributions he made to science, usually did know about his background. Ari had escaped to Sweden from Hungary following the 1956 uprising, and rapidly learned Swedish in order to complete his chemistry degree. He moved to the UK in 1965 and worked as a research scientist at ICI Mond Division until his retirement in 1993.

Ari Horvath was a member of the small group of physical chemists whose strong support in the late 1970s and early 1980s enabled the late Steven Kertes to achieve his vision of establishing the definitive and comprehensive Solubility Data Project. When his personal circumstances prevented his travelling to the annual planning meetings that tended to alternate between Europe and North America, he continued to contribute critically assessed data compilations.

Ari’s professional activities within IUPAC resulted in the publication of four volumes in the Solubility Data Series which he coedited with Forrest Getzen: Halogenated Benzenes, Toluenes, and Phenols with Water (1985); Halogenated Methanes with Water (1995); Halogenated Ethanes and Ethenes with Water (1999); and Halogenated Aliphatic Hydrocarbons C3-C14 with Water (1999).

As well as his reference text Halogenated Hydrocarbons (1982) in the field of liquid-liquid miscibility, Ari also published in other areas of science, notably Molecular Design (1992) and Calculations in Industrial Chemistry (1996).


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