Eugene van Tamelen
|Eugene Earle van Tamelen|
July 20, 1925|
|Died||December 12, 2009(aged 84)|
|Alma mater||Harvard University|
|Doctoral students||K. Barry Sharpless|
Van Tamelen published five papers while an undergraduate at Hope College. He conducted graduate work at Harvard University, receiving his doctorate in 1950 with Gilbert Stork as his advisor. He began his academic career at the University of Wisconsin, later joining the faculty of Stanford University, where he spent the majority of his career. Among his many students was Nobelist K. Barry Sharpless.
He pioneered in what is today called biomimetic synthesis. He was the first to identify squalene oxide as a precursor in the biosynthesis of cholesterol. Van Tamelen was also the first to synthesise Dewar benzene. He developed a system for nitrogen fixation using titanocene.
Eugene van Tamelen died of cancer in 2009.
- Chang, Kenneth (December 29, 2009). "Eugene van Tamelen, 84, Dies; Chemist Inspired by Nature". The New York Times. Retrieved December 31, 2009.
- Van Tamelen, Eugene E.; Van Zyl, Gerrit (1949). "Malonic ester reaction with 1-halo nitro paraffins". Journal of the American Chemical Society 71: 835–7. doi:10.1021/ja01171a020.
- E. E. van Tamelen "The Role of Organic Synthesis in Bioorganic Chemistry" Pure Appl. Chem., 1981, Vol. 53, No. 6, pp. 1259-1270. doi:10.1351/pac198153061259.
- Van Tamelen, Eugene E (1970). "Design and development of an organic-inorganic system for the chemical modification of molecular nitrogen under mild conditions". Accounts of Chemical Research 3: 361–7. doi:10.1021/ar50035a001.
- Eugene Van Tamelen House (Erdman Prefab I), retrieved April 18, 2012
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