George M. Sheldrick
George M. Sheldrick
George Michael Sheldrick
17 November 1942
Huddersfield, England, UK
|Nationality||British and German|
|Citizenship||United Kingdom and Germanyö|
|Education||Huddersfield New College|
|Alma mater||Jesus College, Cambridge |
University of Cambridge
|Known for||SHELX programs|
Katherine Elizabeth Herford (m. 1968)
|Thesis||N.M.R. Studies of Inorganic Hydrides (1966)|
|Doctoral advisor||Evelyn Ebsworth|
George Michael Sheldrick, FRS (born 17 November 1942, in Huddersfield, England) is a British chemist who specialises in molecular structure determination. He is one of the most cited workers in the field, having over 220,000 citations as of 2015 and an h-index of 111. He was a professor at the University of Göttingen from 1978 until his retirement in 2011.
Sheldrick was born on 17 November 1942 in Huddersfield, England. He was educated at Huddersfield New College, then an all-boys grammar school. He completed 9 O-Levels, 6 A-Levels, and 2 S-Levels. At A-Level, he achieved a distinction (the highest grade) in chemistry, mathematics and physics.
Sheldrick was awarded a Major Scholarship to study Natural Sciences at Jesus College, Cambridge. He specialised in chemistry in his final year. He graduated in 1963 with a first class Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. He remained at the University of Cambridge to undertake postgraduate research under the supervision of Evelyn Ebsworth. He completed his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in 1966. The topic of his thesis was the investigation of inorganic hydrides using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and was title "N.M.R. Studies of Inorganic Hydrides".
In 1966, Sheldrick was elected a Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge. During his time as an academic at the University of Cambridge, he also taught within the Faculty of Chemistry. He was a demonstrator from 1966 to 1971, and a lecturer from 1971 to 1978.
Sheldrick joined the University of Göttingen in 1978. There, he was first Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, then later Professor of Structural Chemistry. In 2011, he retired from full-time academia and was appointed Niedersachsen Professor (IE Emeritus Professor).
Sheldrick deals with molecular structure elucidation by X-ray diffraction. He is the lead developer of the SHELX program suite, which is freely available online. In 2011, a graphical user interface for SHELX refinements called ShelXle was released.
On 13 July 1968, Sheldrick married Katherine Elizabeth Herford. Together they have four children.
- 1970 Meldola Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry
- 1978 Corday-Morgan Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry
- 1988 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
- 1999 Carl-Hermann Medal of the German Society for Crystallography
- 2001 Fellow of the Royal Society
- 2004 Max Perutz Prize of the European Crystallographic Association
- 2009 Gregori Aminoff Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
- 2011 Ewald Prize of the International Union of Crystallography
- "CV" (PDF). Retrieved 15 November 2015.
- "Google Scholar: George M. Sheldrick". Retrieved 15 November 2015.
- "70th Birthday: George Sheldrick". ChemistryViews.org. Retrieved 15 November 2015.
- Sheldrick, George M. (21 December 2007). "A short history of SHELX". Acta Crystallographica Section A. 64 (1): 112–122. doi:10.1107/S0108767307043930.
- "The SHELX homepage". Retrieved 15 November 2015.
- Hübschle, Christian B.; Sheldrick, George M.; Dittrich, Birger (12 November 2011). "ShelXle: a Qt graphical user interface for SHELX". Journal of Applied Crystallography. 44 (6): 1281–1284. CiteSeerX 10.1.1.287.2459. doi:10.1107/S0021889811043202.
- Seidel, Rüdiger W. (April 2015). "William S. Sheldrick (1945–2015)". Zeitschrift für anorganische und allgemeine Chemie. 641 (5): 750–750. doi:10.1002/zaac.201510005.