80th Birthday: Henning Hopf

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Professor Henning Hopf, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany, celebrates his 80th birthday on December 13, 2020. Professor Hopf is an organic chemist and prolific author. His research focuses on the study of unsaturated compounds, such as cyclophanes, but also alkynes, allenes, cumulenes, and retinoids.

Henning Hopf
studied chemistry at the University of Göttingen, Germany, and received his Ph.D. in 1967 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI, USA, under the supervision of Harlan L. Goering. He carried out his habilitation with Hans Musso at the Universities of Marburg and Karlsruhe, both Germany. After completing his habilitation in 1972, he remained at the University of Karlsruhe, and became Professor at the University of Würzburg, Germany, in 1975. He moved to the Technische Universität Braunschweig in 1978. Until his retirement in 2006, he was Managing Director of the Institute for Organic Chemistry

Among other honors, Henning Hopf has received the Max Planck Research Award in 1994, the Adolf von Baeyer Commemorative Medal in 1996, the Literature Prize of the German Chemical Industry Fund (FCI) in 2001, the Hanuš Medal of the Czech Chemical Society in 2009, and the Gmelin-Beilstein Commemorative Medal from the German Chemical Society (Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, GDCh) in 2014. Hopf was a Member of the Board of Trustees of the German Chemical Industry Fund (FCI) from 2002 to 2008 and President of the German Chemical Society (Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, GDCh) from 2004 to 2005. He is a Chemistry Europe Fellow and has served as Editor of a number of scientific journals, e.g., Chemische Berichte (now European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry) and Liebigs Annalen (today's European Journal of Organic Chemistry).

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