Eugene G. Rochow

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Eugene G. Rochow
Rochow in 1965 at the ACS meeting in Detroit
Born (1909-10-04)October 4, 1909
Died March 21, 2002(2002-03-21) (aged 92)
Nationality American
Fields Inorganic chemistry
Alma mater Cornell University
Notable awards Perkin Medal (1962)

Eugene George Rochow (October 4, 1909 – March 21, 2002) was an American inorganic chemist. Rochow worked on organosilicon chemistry; in the 1940s, he described the direct process, also known as the Rochow process or Müller-Rochow process.

Born in Newark, New Jersey, Rochow obtained both B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University in 1931 and 1935 respectively. Upon completion of his Ph.D., he began working for a General Electric subsidiary. In 1948, Rochow resigned from GE due to his Quaker beliefs.[1] He joined the faculty at Harvard University where he remained until his retirement in 1970. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1949.[2] He is known for developing, with A. Louis Allred, the Allred-Rochow electronegativity scale.[3] In 1962, he was awarded the Perkin Medal. [4] Rochow died in Fort Myers, Florida aged 92.


  1. ^ Bohning, James J. (January 24, 1995). "Interview with Eugene G. Rochow". Center for Oral History. Chemical Heritage Foundation. Archived from the original on 2014-10-28. 
  2. ^ "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter B" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ Allred, A. L.; Rochow, E. G. (1958). "A scale of electronegativity based on electrostatic force". Journal of Inorganic and Nuclear Chemistry 5 (4): 264. doi:10.1016/0022-1902(58)80003-2.
  4. ^ "Perkin Medallists". Society of Chemical Industry. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 

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