Richard F. Heck

1931 - 2015

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Richard Frederick Heck (August 15, 1931 – October 9, 2015) was an American chemist noted for the discovery and development of the Heck reaction, which uses palladium to catalyze organic chemical reactions that couple aryl halides with alkenes. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Richard F. Heck has received more than 226,191 page views. His biography is available in 59 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Richard F. Heck is the 180th most popular chemist (up from 235th in 2019), the 1,122nd most popular biography from United States (up from 1,536th in 2019) and the 32nd most popular American Chemist.

Richard F. Heck is most famous for his work on palladium-catalyzed cross coupling reactions, which he developed in the early 1980s.

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Over the past year Richard F. Heck has had the most page views in the with 16,579 views, followed by Chinese (3,991), and Japanese (2,398). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Hakka (182.46%), Sardinian (87.44%), and Ido (69.49%)


Among chemists, Richard F. Heck ranks 180 out of 602Before him are Johann Josef Loschmidt, John Macleod, Robert F. Furchgott, Henry Louis Le Chatelier, Giulio Natta, and Robert W. Holley. After him are Germain Henri Hess, John Cornforth, Stanley Miller, Paul D. Boyer, John E. Walker, and F. Sherwood Rowland.

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Among people born in 1931, Richard F. Heck ranks 64Before him are Ettore Scola, Stanislav Grof, Sofia Gubaidulina, Syukuro Manabe, Ivan Rebroff, and Arata Isozaki. After him are Ike Turner, Rita Moreno, Jean-Claude Carrière, Hamilton O. Smith, Ronald Dworkin, and Alfred Brendel. Among people deceased in 2015, Richard F. Heck ranks 54Before him are James Horner, Fatema Mernissi, Yves Chauvin, Benedict Anderson, Mathieu Kérékou, and Michele Ferrero. After him are Assia Djebar, Pierre Brice, Louis Jourdan, Marshall Rosenberg, Francesco Rosi, and Maureen O'Hara.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Richard F. Heck ranks 1,122 out of 20,380Before him are Shelley Duvall (1949), Lewis A. Swift (1820), Suzi Quatro (1950), James Gandolfini (1961), Lawrence Klein (1920), and Charlie Munger (1924). After him are David Scott (1932), Elisha Otis (1811), Jim Belushi (1954), Donna Leon (1942), Stanley Tucci (1960), and James M. Buchanan (1919).

Among CHEMISTS In United States

Among chemists born in United States, Richard F. Heck ranks 32Before him are Kary Mullis (1944), Karl Barry Sharpless (1941), Jerome Karle (1918), Paul Flory (1910), Robert F. Furchgott (1916), and Robert W. Holley (1922). After him are Stanley Miller (1930), Paul D. Boyer (1918), F. Sherwood Rowland (1927), Robert S. Mulliken (1896), Paul L. Modrich (1946), and Robert Curl (1933).