Aleksei Chichibabin

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Aleksei Chichibabin
Чичибабину А.Е.и его супруге.jpg
Grave in Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois Russian Cemetery
Born (1871-03-17)March 17, 1871
Kuzemino, Russia
Died August 15, 1945(1945-08-15) (aged 74)
Paris, France
Alma mater University of Moscow ,
University of Saint Petersburg

Alekséy Yevgényevich Chichibábin (Russian: Алексей Евгеньевич Чичибабин; Kuzemino village, current Poltava Oblast, 29 March [O.S. 17 March] 1871; Paris 15 August 1945) was a Soviet/Russian organic chemist. His name is also written Alexei Yevgenievich Chichibabin and Alexei Euguenievich Tchitchibabine.[1]


Chichibábin was born at Kusemino on March 17, 1871. He studied at the University of Moscow from 1888 until 1892, and received his PhD from the University of Saint Petersburg. He became a professor at the Imperial College of Technology in Moscow in 1909, and remained there until 1929. In 1931 he began working at the College de France, where he stayed until his death in 1945.

Chichibábin and his wife, Vera Vladmirovna Tchitchibabine, had one child, a daughter who became a chemist.[2]

Chichibábin died in 1945 and was buried at the Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois Russian Cemetery near Paris.[3]

Scientific work[edit]

Chichibábin is associated with the development of several important organic chemical reactions. One is a novel terpyridine synthesis, the Chichibabin pyridine synthesis. The other reactions are the Bodroux-Chichibabin aldehyde synthesis and the Chichibabin reaction.

Chichibábin also was the author of Fundamentals Of Organic Chemistry, which was published in two volumes and became one of the principal university-level chemistry textbooks in the Soviet Union. The book is dedicated to Chichibábin's daughter, Natacha, who was killed by an explosion in a chemical production factory.

Chichibábin won the Lenin Prize in 1926.


  1. ^ Andraos, J., Named Organic Reactions (A – D)
  2. ^ Marszak, I.; Mann, F. G.; Cobb, John W.; Butler, J. A. V.; Thomas, F. M. F.; Marszak, I.; Yajnik, N. A.; Shaw, B. D. (1946). "Alexej Euguenievitsch Tchitchibabine. 1871–1945". J. Chem. Soc.: 760–761. doi:10.1039/JR9460000757. 
  3. ^ Cerkovrlikov, E. (1961). "Aleksei Evgen'evich Chichibabin". Journal of Chemical Education 38 (12): 622–624. Bibcode:1961JChEd..38..622C. doi:10.1021/ed038p622. - subscription required