Rolf Huisgen (2004)
|Alma mater||University of Munich|
|Known for||1,3-Dipolar cycloaddition|
|Awards||1961 Liebig Medal|
1979 Otto Hahn Prize for Chemistry and Physics
|Institutions||University of Munich|
|Doctoral advisor||Heinrich Otto Wieland|
Rolf Huisgen (born 13 June 1920) is a German chemist. His importance in synthetic organic chemistry extends to the enormous influence he had in post-war chemistry departments in Germany and Austria, due to the large number of his "habilitants" becoming professors. His major achievements was the development of the 1,3-Dipolar cycloaddition reaction.
After completing his Ph.D. in 1943 and his habilitation in 1947, he was named professor at the University of Tübingen in 1949. He returned to the University of Munich in 1952 where he remained dedicated to research long after attaining emeritus status in 1988.
One of his major achievements was the development of the 1,3-Dipolar cycloaddition reaction, also known as the Huisgen cycloaddition or Huisgen reaction. The Huisgen reaction is of paramount importance to the synthesis of heterocyclic compounds.
His daughter, mathematician Birge Huisgen-Zimmermann was born in 1946.
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