Organic Chemistry – 5th Edition

About the Author

Janice Gorzynski Smith was born in Schenectady, New York. She became interested in chemistry in high school and went on to major in chemistry at Cornell University, where she received an A.B. degree summa cum laude. Jan earned a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Harvard University under the direction of Nobel Laureate E. J. Corey, and she also spent a year as a National Science Foundation National Needs Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard. During her tenure with the Corey group, she completed the total synthesis of the plant growth hormone gibberellic acid.
Following her postdoctoral work, Jan joined the faculty of Mount Holyoke College, where she was employed for 21 years. During this time she was active in teaching organic chemistry lecture and lab courses, conducting a research program in organic synthesis, and serving as department chair. Her organic chemistry class was named one of Mount Holyoke’s “Don’tmiss courses” in a survey by
Boston magazine. After spending two sabbaticals amidst the natural beauty and diversity in Hawai‘i in the 1990s, Jan and her family moved there permanently in 2000. She is currently a faculty member at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, where she teaches the two-semester organic chemistry lecture and lab courses. In 2003, she received the Chancellor’s Citation for Meritorious Teaching.
Jan resides in Hawai‘i with her husband Dan, an emergency medicine physician, pictured with her hiking in New Zealand in 2015. She has four children and three grandchildren. When not teaching, writing, or enjoying her family, Jan bikes, hikes, snorkels, and scuba dives in sunny Hawai‘i, and time permitting, enjoys travel and Hawaiian quilting.


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McGraw-Hill Higher Education






5 edition
(January 15, 2016)

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About the Author

Janice Smith


Smith’s Organic Chemistry continues to breathe new life into the organic chemistry world. This new fifth edition retains its popular delivery of organic chemistry content in a student-friendly format. Janice Smith draws on her extensive teaching background to deliver organic chemistry in a way in which students learn: with limited use of text paragraphs and through concisely written bulleted lists and highly detailed well-labeled “teaching” illustrations. The fifth edition features a modernized look with updated chemical structures throughout. Don’t make your text decision without seeing Organic Chemistry 5th edition by Janice Gorzynski Smith!

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