Ian Heilbron

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Sir Ian (Isidor) Morris Heilbron DSO FRS (6 November 1886 – 14 September 1959) was a British chemist and a Fellow of the Royal Society (elected 1931). He was knighted in 1946. The American Chemical Society honored him with its highest prize, the Priestley Medal, in 1945.

Early life[edit]

Heilbron was born in Glasgow on 6 November 1886 and was educated at Glasgow High School and then the Royal Technical College. Following an award of a Carnegie Fellowship he went to the University of Leipzig to study under Arthur Rudolf Hantzsch.


During the Second World War from 1939 to 1942 he worked as a scientific advisor to the Department of Scientific Research in the Ministry of Supply, after 1942 he became a scientic advisor to the Ministry of Production. In recognition of his work during war he was appointed a Knight Bachelor in 1946.

He was a pioneer of organic chemical research developed for therapeutic and industrial use.