Richard Heck
Richard Heck

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Name: Richard Heck
Occupation: Chemist
Gender: Male
Birth Day: August 15, 1931
Death Date: Oct 10, 2015 (age 84)
Age: Aged 84
Birth Place: Springfield, United States
Zodiac Sign: Leo

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Richard Heck

Richard Heck was born on August 15, 1931 in Springfield, United States (84 years old). Richard Heck is a Chemist, zodiac sign: Leo. Find out Richard Hecknet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


He won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2010 for his work in palladium-catalyzed coupling reactions in organic synthesis.

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As per our current Database, Richard Heck died on Oct 10, 2015 (age 84).

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Before Fame

He earned his doctor of philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1954, after receiving his bachelor's degree there two years before.

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Heck was born in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1931. He earned his Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry in 1954 at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), working under the supervision of Dr. Saul Winstein. After two periods of postdoctoral research at the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland, and then back at UCLA, Heck took a position with the Hercules Corporation in Wilmington, Delaware in 1957. After productive research work at Hercules, he was hired by the University of Delaware's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 1971. Heck was a professor of chemistry at the University of Delaware. In 2012, he was appointed by De La Salle University in Manila as adjunct professor in its chemistry department.


The importance of this reaction grew slowly in the organic synthesis community. In 1982, Heck was able to write an Organic Reactions chapter that covered all the known instances in just 45 pages. By 2002, applications had grown to the extent that the Organic Reactions chapter published that year, limited to intramolecular Heck reactions, covered 377 pages. These reactions, a small part of the total, couple two parts of the same molecule. Today, the Heck reaction stands as one of the widely used methods for the creation of carbon-carbon bonds in the synthesis of organic chemicals. This reaction has been subject to numerous scientific review articles, including a ~600 page monograph dedicated to this subject published in 2009.


Heck retired from the University of Delaware in 1989, where he became the Willis F. Harrington Professor Emeritus in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Its annual lectureship was named in his honor in 2004. In 2005, he was awarded the Wallace H. Carothers Award, which recognizes creative applications of chemistry that have had substantial commercial impact. He was awarded the 2006 Herbert C. Brown Award for Creative Research in Synthetic Methods. On 6 October 2010, the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences awarded Heck the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He shared the 2010 Nobel Prize with Ei-ichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki "for palladium-catalyzed cross couplings in organic synthesis." In 2011, Heck was awarded the Glenn T. Seaborg Medal for his work on palladium-catalyzed cross couplings.

Heck moved to the Philippines after retirement in 1989 with his wife, Socorro Nardo-Heck. The couple had no children.


Heck died on October 9, 2015 in Manila in a public hospital. His wife predeceased him by 2 years.

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Richard retired in the Philippines.

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