Physical organic chemist. Palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling reaction. Sole author - 7 consecutive papers. Heck reaction: important concept, tool for organic and medicinal chemists; fuorescence labeling of DNA bases - sequencing DNA/Genome. Thinner computer screens in future. "Great art in test tube."
Growing orchids in early teens lead to passion for chemistry.
Richard Heck was interested in growing orchids in his early teens in Los Angeles. That interest lead to his passion for chemistry. While visiting the Philippines in 1979, he had met his wife Socorro at a Manila restaurant. Retiring in 1989 as Willis F. Harrington Professor Emeritus, he and his wife moved to the Philippines. During retirement he was growing orchids. That was the time that he was notified of the award of the Nobel Prize.
Name: Richard Fred Heck
Birth: 15 August 1931, Springfield, MA, USA
Death: 9 October 2015, Manila, Philippines
Institution: University of Delaware, USA
Award: "for palladium-catalyzed cross couplings in organic synthesis"
Subject: Organic chemistry
Portion of cash: 1/3
Doctoral Advisor: Saul Winstein
History of Discovery
Honoring Richard Heck