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    Education and Experience

1939: Born in Homberg (Niederrhein), Germany, May 18
1958-61: Universität Freiburg i. Br., Vordiplom
1961-63: Universität Göttingen, Diplom-Chemiker Hauptprüfung
1963-67: Universität Göttingen, Dr. rer. nat.
1966: Betreuer der Dissertation: W. Lüttke
1967-69: Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA Postdoctoral fellow (K. B. Wiberg)
1969-77: Universität Göttingen
   1971 Venia legendi for Organic Chemistry
   1972 Universitätsdozent
   1974 Adjunct Professor (Außerplanmäßiger Professor)
1977-1989: Universität Hamburg, Full Professor (Ordentlicher Professor)
1989-2006: Universität Göttingen, Professor of Organische Chemie
since 2006: Universität Göttingen, Emeritusprofessor, Organische Chemie

    Visiting Professorships

  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, USA, Jan.-Mai 1973 (Visiting Associate Professor)
  • IBM Research Laboratories, San José, CA, USA, Aug.-Okt. 1978 (IBM Visiting Scientist)
  • University of Southampton, England, Sept. 1980
  • Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel, März-April 1984
  • Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, USA, Sept.-Dez. 1985
  • Université d'Aix-Marseille III, St. Jérome, Marseille, France, Feb.-März 1990 (Professeur Invité)
  • University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, Juni 1992
  • Università degli Studi di Firenze, Florence, Italy, Okt. 1995 (Professore Contratto)
  • Ecole Normale Supérieur, Paris, France, Okt. 1996 (Professeur Invité)
  • University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA, Aug. 1999
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA, Jan. 2000 (Tarrant Distinguished Lecturer)
  • Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel, März 2001 (Lady Davis Distinguished Visiting Professor)
  • Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, Nov. 2003 (OC-ICOS Visiting Professor of Organic Chemistry)
  • Université de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France, Feb.-März 2004 (Professeur Invité)
  • Università degli Studi di Milano, Milano, Italy, March 2006
  • Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Santiago d. C., Spain, June 2006
  • Distinguished Visiting Professorship, Taiwan National University, March 2007

    Fellowships, Honnors and Awards

  • German National Merit Foundation, (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes) Fellowship 1961-63
  • Fonds der Chemischen Industrie, "Dozenten-Stipendium" 1972
  • French Ministry for Research and Technology "Alexander von Humboldt-Gay-Lussac Award," 1996
  • St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1997
  • Appointed as Honorary Professor
  • Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel, 2000
  • Appointed as Lady Davis Distinguished Lecturer
  • Elected Member Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (Det Norske Videnskaps-Akademi), 1992
  • Elected Member Braunschweigische Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft, 1997
  • Fellow Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, 1997
  • Awarded the "Adolf-von-Baeyer-Denkmünze" of the Society of German Chemists (GdCH), 2005
  • Novartis Lecturer in Central Europe, Novartis Pharma AG, Basel, Schweiz, 2006


More than 640 lectures at universities as well as public and industrial research facilities around the world
Around 100 plenary and invited lectures at national and international conferences
Novartis Lecture Series, Basel (Switzerland), Horsham (England), Wien (Austria), Summit (New Jersey) 2000
Parke-Davis-Lecture, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, and AnnArbor, Michigan, 2001
Merck-Eurolab Lecture Series, French Chemical Society, 2002


  • Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Neue Schweizerische Chemische Gesellschaft


Editor or Member of the Editorial Board of a number of scientific journals, periodicals and books (e.g. Chemical Reviews, Chemistry - A European Journal, Synlett, J. Phys. Org. Chem., Croatica Chem. Acta), periodicals (e.g. Topics in Current Chemistry) and handbooks (e.g. Methods of Organic Chemistry (Houben-Weyl), Science of Synthesis (Thieme Publishers), Handbook of Palladium Chemistry for Organic Synthesis (Wiley-Interscience), and Metal-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling Reactions (Wiley-VCH)

    Research Areas

  • Development of new small ring building blocks and their application in the syntheses of natural and non-natural compounds.
  • Total synthesis of natural products and other biologically active compounds.
  • New highly strained polycyclic compounds with interesting properties.
  • Applications of organometallic complexes and catalysts in organic synthesis.
  • Palladium-catalyzed sequential reactions.
  • Titanium-mediated cyclopropanation and other transformations of carbonyl compounds.
  • Organometallic complexes with unconventional chemical and physical properties.


In total, 714 original papers, review articles and chapters in books published; more than 20 patents.