Leonard Kollender Nash
Leonard Kollender Nash of Lexington and Brookline died November 9, 2013, at age 95 after several years of declining health. He spent most of his professional life at Harvard University, starting as an undergraduate at age sixteen, completing his doctorate in 1944, and teaching in the Chemistry Department from 1947 until his retirement as the Kenan Professor of Chemistry Emeritus in 1986. He worked as a chemist on the Manhattan Project during World War II and briefly taught at the University of Illinois until returning to Harvard. He was a renown and popularteacher, and in addition to publishing in the field of physical chemistry and science education, had a particular interest in the philosophy of science. His insights on this topic were summarized in The Nature of the Natural Sciences, published in1963. The only child of the late Adolph and Carol Nash of New York City, he was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Ava (née Byer). He is survived by his two children, Vivian of Brookline and New Haven and David of Cincinnati, and by four grandchildren, Aaron Sklar, Shana Sklar, Nathan Nash, and Samuel Nash.
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