Edgar Heilbronner

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Edgar Heilbronner
Born May 13, 1921
München Germany
Died August 28, 2006 (2006-08-29) (aged 85)
Herrliberg Switzerland
Institutions ETH Zurich, University of Basel
Notable awards Marcel Benoist Prize (1977)

Edgar Heilbronner (May 13, 1921 – August 28, 2006) was a Swiss German chemist.[1] In 1964 he published the concept of Möbius cyclic annulenes,[2] but the first Möbius aromatic was not synthesized until 2003.[3][4]

Edgar Heilbronner was a professor at the ETH in Zürich, Switzerland for many years but then was offered a professorship in Basel, Switzerland where he spent the remainder of his career.


  1. ^ Jack D. Dunitz (2006). "Edgar Heilbronner (1921-2006)". Angewandte Chemie. 118 (41): 6936–6936. doi:10.1002/ange.200603850. 
  2. ^ E. Heilbronner (1964). "Hückel molecular orbitals of Möbius-type conformations of annulenes". Tetrahedron Letters. 5 (29): 1923–1928. doi:10.1016/S0040-4039(01)89474-0. 
  3. ^ D. Ajami; O. Oeckler; A. Simon; R. Herges (2003). "Synthesis of a Möbius aromatic hydrocarbon". Nature. 426 (6968): 819–821. PMID 14685233. doi:10.1038/nature02224. 
  4. ^ On Molecular Orbital Correlation Diagrams, the Occurrence of Möbius Systems in Cyclization Reactions, and Factors Controlling Ground and Excited State Reactions. I," Zimmerman, H. E. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1966, 88, 1564-1565