Brown, Herbert C. (ON HOLD)


1978 TLS on marking 40th anniversary of the discovery for which he would receive the 1979 Nobel Prize for Chemistry


Autograph ID: 1112
Condition: Very good
Description: “(1912-2004) Ukrainian Jewish-born American chemist, taught at Purdue University 1947 until his death. During WW II, he discovered a method for producing sodium borohydride (NaBH4), which can be used to produce boranes, compounds of boron and hydrogen. His work led to the discovery of the first general method for producing asymmetric pure enantiomers. Co-recipient of the 1979 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (with Georg Wittig) for his work with organoboranes.

11 x 8 ½ TLS on Purdue University Department of Chemistry letterhead, W. Lafayette, Indiana, December 6 1978, to the editor, “Chemical and Engineering News”. Brown notes that March 1979 is the 40th anniversary of the first publication (by Brown, H. I. Schlesinger and A. B. Burg) on the reduction of organic compounds by a hydride compound, cites the publication, and notes (as the Nobel Committee would) that “that development initiated a revolution in reduction procedures…[now] essentially all reductions in organic chemistry are carried out by means of hydridic reagants.” Brown suggests the magazine might wish to “run a brief article commemorating the occasion.” A brief note in red ink at top right from the editor asks if there is interest (in Brown’s suggestion) and there are several blue-inked telephone numbers at top right; two words added in Brown’s hand.”
Type: Letter

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