Richard Heck

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Birthday
15, 1931
Birthplace
Springfield, MA
Death Date
Oct 10, 2015 (84)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
15, 1931
Birthplace
Springfield, MA
Death Date
Oct 10, 2015 (84)

About

American chemist who is best known for the discovery and development of the Heck reaction. He helped develop the mechanism of alkene hydroformylation, which is used to produce about 15 billion pounds of alcohols and aldehydes annually.

Before Fame

He earned his doctor of philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1954, after receiving his bachelor's degree there two years before.

Trivia

He won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2010 for his work in palladium-catalyzed coupling reactions in organic synthesis.

Family Life

He retired in the Philippines.

Associated With

He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry two years before Brian Kobilka did.