80th Birthday: Ei-ichi Negishi

80th Birthday: Ei-ichi Negishi

Author: ChemViews (Photo: Mario Müller)

Nobel Laureate Ei-ichi Negishi, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA, celebrates his 80th birthday on July 14, 2015.

Professor Negishi was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2010 together with Richard F. Heck and Akira Suzuki for “palladium-catalyzed cross couplings in organic synthesis”. He developed the eponymous coupling reaction of organic halides or triflates with organozinc compounds.

Ei-ichi Negishi was born in Hsinking, now Changchun, China. In 1958, he graduated from the University of Tokyo, Japan, and became a research chemist at Teijin, Japan. In 1960, he then obtained a Fulbright Scholarship and went to the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA, as a graduate student. Negishi obtained his Ph.D. there in 1963 under the supervision of Allan R. Day. In 1966, he became a postdoctoral researcher at Purdue University, USA. In 1972, he went on to become Assistant Professor at Syracuse University, USA, where he was promoted to Associate Professor in 1978. Negishi went back to Purdue University as Full Professor in 1979. In 1999, he was named the Inaugural Herbert C. Brown Distinguished Professor of Chemistry.

Among many other honors, Ei-ichi Negishi has recived the the Chemical Society of Japan Award in 1996, the Humboldt Senior Researcher Award in 1998, the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Sir Edward Frankland Prize Lectureship in 2000, the 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and several honorary doctorates. Professor Negishi is a member of the Honorary Board of the Asian Journal of Organic Chemistry, and the journal has prepared a virtual special issue to celebrate the occasion..

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