Ian Heilbron

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Sir Ian Heilbron
Born Isidor Morris
(1886-11-06)November 6, 1886
Died September 14, 1959(1959-09-14) (aged 72)
Fields Organic chemistry
Notable awards

Sir Ian Morris Heilbron DSO FRS (6 November 1886 – 14 September 1959) was a British chemist,[1][2] who pioneered organic chemistry developed for therapeutic and industrial use.[3]

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.

Awards and honours[edit]

In recognition of his work during war he was appointed a Knight Bachelor in 1946 and a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1931.The American Chemical Society honored him with its highest prize, the Priestley Medal, in 1945.


  1. ^ Alan Cook (2004). "Heilbron, Sir Ian Morris [formerly Isidor Morris]". The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/33799. 
  2. ^ Profile of Ian Heilbron[dead link]
  3. ^ HEILBRON, Sir Ian Morris. Who Was Who. 1920–2015 (2015 ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 2015-01-25.