Henry Taube


Born: Neudorf, Saskatchewan, Canada, 1915; naturalized U.S. citizen, 1942.
B.S.: 1935, University of Saskatchewan
M.S.: 1937, University of Saskatchewan (Research Supervisor, Prof. J.W.T. Spinks)
Ph.D.: 1940, University of California, Berkeley (Research Supervisor, Prof. W.C. Bray)
Professional Experience
Instructor, University of California, Berkeley, 1940-41
Instructor and Assistant Professor, Cornell University, 1941-46
Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, University of Chicago, 1946-61
Professor, Stanford University, 1962-86
Professor Emeritus, 1986
Chairman, Department of Chemistry, University of Chicago, 1956-59
Chairman, Department of Chemistry, Stanford University, 1972-74 & 1978-79
Honors and Awards
Guggenheim Fellow, 1949 and 1955
American Chemical Society Award for Nuclear Applications in Chemistry, 1955
Harrison Howe Award, Rochester Section, ACS, 1960
Chandler Medal, Columbia University, 1964
John Gamble Kirkwood Award, New Haven Section, ACS, 1966
ACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry, 1967
Nichols Medal, New York, ACS, 1971
Willard Gibbs Medal, Chicago Section, ACS, 1971
F.P. Dwyer Medal, University of New South Wales, Australia, 1973
Honorary Doctorate (L.L.D.) University of Saskatchewan, 1973
Marguerite Blake Wilbur Endowed Professorship, 1976
National Medal of Science, Washington, D.C., 1977
Allied Chemical Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching & Innovative Science, 1979
Degree of Ph. D. Honoris Causa of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1979
T.W. Richards Medal of the Northeastern Section, ACS, 1980
ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry of the Monsanto Company, 1981
The Linus Pauling Award, Puget Sound Section, ACS, 1981
National Academy of Sciences Award in Chemical Sciences, 1983
Bailar Medal, University of Illinois, 1983
Doctor of Science, University of Chicago, 1983
Robert A. Welch Foundation Award in Chemistry, 1983
Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1983
Doctor of Science, Polytechnic Institute, New York, 1984
Honorary Member, College of Chemists of Catalonia and Beleares, 1984
Priestley Medal, ACS, 1985
Doctor of Science, State University of New York, 1985
Corresponding Member, Academy of Arts and Science of Puerto Rico, 1985
Honorary Member, Canadian Society for Chemistry, 1986
Distinguished Achievement Award, International Precious Metals Institute, 1986
The Oesper Award, The Cincinnati Section of the American Chemical Society, 1986
Doctor of Science, University of Guelph, 1987
Honorary Member, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1988
Doctor of Science, honoris causa, Seton Hall University, 1988
Doctor of Science, Lajos Kossuth University of Debrecen, Hungary, 1988
Honorary Fellowship, Royal Society of Chemistry, 1989
Honorary Fellowship, Indian Chemical Society 1989
G. M. Kosolapoff Award, Auburn Section, ACS, 1990
Doctor of Science, Northwestern University, 1990
Membership in Societies
American Chemical Society
National Academy of Sciences
American Academy of Arts & Sciences
Phi Beta Kappa
Sigma Xi
Phi Lamda Upsilon (honorary member)
Royal Physiographical Society of Lund
American Philosophical Society
Royal Danish Academy of Sciences & Letters
Foreign Member of the Finnish Academy of Science & Letters
Foreign Member, Royal Society
Corresponding Member, Brazilian Academy of Sciences
Foreign Associate, Engineering Academy of Japan
Corresponding Member, Australian Academy of Science
Catalytica Associates, Inc., Mountain View, California
Research Interests
Current research interests include: charge transfer as affecting properties including the reactivity of ligands; mixed valence molecules; mechanisms of “atom” and electron transfer reactions; basic chemistry of osmium and ruthenium, effects arising from back-bonding.
Over 350 scientific articles and a book have been published as a result of this research.
From Les Prix Nobel. The Nobel Prizes 1983, Editor Wilhelm Odelberg, [Nobel Foundation], Stockholm, 1984

Henry Taube died on 16 November 2005.

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