Wilkinson, Geoffrey

Wilkinson, Geoffrey (1921-1998)


Wilkinson, Geoffrey (Sir)

20th Century
Born: Todmorden (England), 1921 
Died: England, 1998

Wilkinson received his Ph.D. from the Imperial College (England) in 1946. He was working in the USA on nuclear chemistry (1946-1950). Whilst at the Harvard University he grew interested in ferrocene. Wilkinson returned to England in 1956 and while at the Imperial College he made remarkable contributions to organometallic chemistry. His work led to the development of versatile homogeneous catalysts for the hydrogenation of many olefins. In 1973 Wilkinson shared the Nobel Prize with E. O. Fischer

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Link icon  Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson
Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
Link icon  Wilkinson’s Catalyst
Professor Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson, FRS, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, died on September 26,1996
Link icon  The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1973
Geoffrey Wilkinson and Ernst Otto Fischer