Richard F. Heck

American chemist

Richard Fred Heck (August 15, 1931 – October 10, 2015) was an American chemist. He was known for the discovery and development of the Heck reaction, which uses palladium to catalyze organic chemical reactions that couple aryl halides with alkenes.

Richard F. Heck
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Richard Fred Heck

(1931-08-15)August 15, 1931
DiedOctober 10, 2015(2015-10-10) (aged 84)
Manila, Philippines
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Known forHeck reaction
AwardsNobel Prize in Chemistry (2010)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Delaware

Heck was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry on October 6, 2010, with the Japanese chemists Ei-ichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki, for their work in palladium-catalyzed coupling reactions in organic synthesis.

Heck died on October 10, 2015 in Manila in hospital, aged 84. He suffered a bout of severe vomiting earlier in the week.[3]


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  2. Quismundo, Tarra. "He's the only Nobel winner living in RP".
  3. Francisco, Rosemarie (2015-10-10). "Nobel laureate chemist Richard Heck, 84, dies in Manila". Reuters. Retrieved 2015-10-10.

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