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Abstract Volume 12 Issue 6 (2007) pp 421-425

Ernst Otto Fischer (1918–2007), Organometallic Pioneer Extraordinaire

Jean-Pierre Adloff and George B. Kauffman*

Honorary Professor, Université Louis Pasteur, 63 Rue Saint Urbain, Strasbourg, France F-67100,, Department of Chemistry, California State University, Fresno, Fresno, CA 93740-8034,

Published online: 4 November 2007

Abstract. Ernst Otto (“E. O.”) Fischer (1918–2007), who shared the 1973 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson “for their pioneering work, performed independently, on the chemistry of the organometallic, so called sandwich compounds,” died on July 23, 2007 at the age of 88 in Munich. This obituary-tribute recounts his life and achievements with an emphasis on his research on organometallic compounds, in both their theoretical and practical ramifications.

Key Words: Chemistry and History; obituary

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Issue date: December 1, 2007

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