Henry Taube

Facts

Henry Taube

Photo from the Nobel Foundation archive.

Henry Taube
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1983

Born: 30 November 1915, Neudorf, Canada

Died: 16 November 2005, Stanford, CA, USA

Affiliation at the time of the award: Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

Prize motivation: "for his work on the mechanisms of electron transfer reactions, especially in metal complexes."

Prize share: 1/1

Work

Most atoms can absorb or emit electrons and become electrically charged ions. Several metals can form ions with different charges. For example, chromium and cobalt can emit two or three electrons. In a water solution metallic ions can link up with other ions and molecules and form complexes. In these complexes, electrons can change from a metallic atom of one type to another. Around 1950 Henry Taube showed that this does not happen through a direct transition; instead a molecule serves as a bridge between the metallic atoms.

To cite this section
MLA style: Henry Taube – Facts. NobelPrize.org. Nobel Media AB 2018. Tue. 18 Dec 2018. <https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/chemistry/1983/taube/facts/>

Back to top Back To Top Takes users back to the top of the page

Explore prizes and laureates

Look for popular awards and laureates in different fields, and discover the history of the Nobel Prize.