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Richard F. Heck Ph.D.

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2010
Nobel co-recipients Ei-ichi Negishizz, Akira Suzuki

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.

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US-American Nobel laureates 2010. Richard Heck seated. From Left Peter A. Diamond, Economics Nobelist; Ambassador Matthew W. Barzun. Extreme Right Dale T. Mortensen, Economics Nobelist; Third person probably embassy official, sorry not identifiable. Source: Wikimedia Commons

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Richard Heck. Source: Wikimedia Commons

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Richard Heck. Source: Wikipedia Commons.

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Richard Heck
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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
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