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International Year of Chemistry 2011

Nobel Prizes in Chemistry


Robert William Reid

Marie Curie. New York: Saturday Review Press, c1974.

The 1911 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Marie Curie “in recognition of her services to the advancement of chemistry by the discovery of the elements radium and polonium, by the isolation of radium and the study of the nature and compounds of this remarkable element.”
The 1935 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded jointly to Frédéric Joliot and Irène Joliot–Curie “in recognition of their synthesis of new radioactive elements.”



Otto Hahn.

Otto Hahn: a Scientific Autobiography. Translated and Ed. by Willy Ley; Introd. by Glenn T. Seaborg. New York, Scribner, [1966].

The 1944 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Otto Hahn (1879 – 1968) “for his discovery of the fission of heavy nuclei.”





Glenn Theodore Seaborg

A Chemist in the White House: from the Manhattan Project to the End of the Cold War. Washington, DC: American Chemical Society, c1998.

The 1951 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded jointly to Edwin Mattison McMillan and Glenn Theodore Seaborg “for their discoveries in the chemistry of the transuranium elements.”






Robert Sanderson Mulliken

Life of a Scientist: an Autobiographical Account of the Development of Molecular Orbital Theory with an Introductory Memoir by Friedrich Hund. Berlin; New York: Springer-Verlag, c1989.

The 1966 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Robert S. Mulliken “for his fundamental work concerning chemical bonds and the electronic structure of molecules by the molecular orbital method.”





George A. (George Andrew) Olah

A Life of Magic Chemistry: Autobiographical Reflections of a Nobel Prize Winner. New York: John Wiley, 2000.

The 1994 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to George A. Olah “for his contribution to carbocation chemistry.”




Richard F. Heck

Palladium Reagents in Organic Syntheses. London; Orlando [Fla.]: Academic Press, 1985.

The 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded jointly to Ei-ichi Negishi, Akira Suzuki and Professor Emeritus of the University of Delaware, Richard F. Heck, “for palladium-catalyzed cross couplings in organic synthesis.”






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