Richard F. Heck

1931 - 2015

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Richard Frederick Heck (August 15, 1931 – October 10, 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 188,589 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). Richard F. Heck is the 188th most popular chemist (down from 174th in 2019), the 1,344th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,046th in 2019) and the 35th 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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Among chemists, Richard F. Heck ranks 188 out of 510Before him are Emil Erlenmeyer, Alan J. Heeger, Robert Bruce Merrifield, John Fenn, Nicolas Leblanc, and Julius Axelrod. After him are Raymond Davis Jr., John Pople, F. Sherwood Rowland, Walter Gilbert, Paul Berg, and Ignacy Mościcki.

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Among people born in 1931, Richard F. Heck ranks 69Before him are Sam Cooke, Nawal El Saadawi, Jack Swigert, Ike Turner, Hiroto Muraoka, and Takashi Takabayashi. After him are Alfred Brendel, Stephen Boyd, Mike Nichols, John Gavin, Jean-Claude Carrière, and Hamilton O. Smith. Among people deceased in 2015, Richard F. Heck ranks 65Before him are Fatema Mernissi, Kenzo Ohashi, Louis Jourdan, Marshall Rosenberg, Setsuko Hara, and Robert Loggia. After him are Ruth Rendell, Mathieu Kérékou, Udo Lattek, Kurt Masur, Rod Taylor, and Georges Wolinski.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Richard F. Heck ranks 1,344 out of 15,968Before him are Edward T. Hall (1914), Julius Axelrod (1912), Jimmy Doolittle (1896), Gus Van Sant (1952), Marsha P. Johnson (1945), and Rudy Giuliani (1944). After him are James J. Braddock (1905), Raymond Davis Jr. (1914), Sissy Spacek (1949), Ethan Hawke (1970), Matthew Perry (1969), and Mike Pompeo (1963).

Among CHEMISTS In United States

Among chemists born in United States, Richard F. Heck ranks 35Before him are Stanford Moore (1913), Stephanie Kwolek (1923), Alan J. Heeger (1936), Robert Bruce Merrifield (1921), John Fenn (1917), and Julius Axelrod (1912). After him are Raymond Davis Jr. (1914), F. Sherwood Rowland (1927), Walter Gilbert (1932), Paul Berg (1926), Elias James Corey (1928), and Arthur Kornberg (1918).