65th Birthday: Barbara Elvers

65th Birthday: Barbara Elvers

Author: ChemViews

Dr. Barbara Elvers, Editor-in-Chief of Ullmann’s Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry, celebrates her 65th birthday on November 4, 2015.

Ullmann’s Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry is the world’s largest reference in applied chemistry, industrial chemistry, and chemical engineering. The encyclopedia was first published in 1914 by Professor Fritz Ullmann in Berlin, Germany, and the first English edition appeared in 1985. Now in its 7th edition, it comprises over 30,000 pages, almost 15,00 tables, and 25,000 figures.

Barbara Elvers studied chemistry at the University of Hamburg, Germany, where she received her Ph.D. in carbohydrate chemistry in 1978. After working in a research project in biochemistry at the university hospital in Hamburg, she joined SRI, Palo Alto, USA, in 1980, where she was employed as a visiting scientist in the life science department. She became Editor for Ullmann’s Encyclopedia at Wiley-VCH in 1987, and has been Editor-in-Chief of the Ullmann’s Encyclopedia since 2010 and Editor of  the journal Starch/Stärke from 1999–2009.

Selected Publications


Also of Interest

  • Video: Barbara Elvers on the Ullmann’s,
    ChemistryViews.org 2011.
    Barbara Elvers talks about how she got involved in working on the Ullmanns’s Encyclopedia, and what her most memorable experience as Editor-in-Chief is


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