Ian Heilbron

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Sir Ian Heilbron
Isidor Morris Heilbron

(1886-11-06)6 November 1886
Died14 September 1959(1959-09-14) (aged 72)
Scientific career
FieldsOrganic chemistry

Sir Ian Morris Heilbron DSO FRS (6 November 1886 – 14 September 1959) was a Scottish chemist,[2][3] who pioneered organic chemistry developed for therapeutic and industrial use.[4]

Early life and education[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 scientific 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 elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1931.[1] The American Chemical Society honored him with its highest prize, the Priestley Medal, in 1945.


  1. ^ a b Cook, A. H. (1960). "Ian Morris Heilbron. 1886-1959". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 6 (0): 65–85. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1960.0025. ISSN 0080-4606.
  2. ^ Alan Cook (2004). "Heilbron, Sir Ian Morris [formerly Isidor Morris]". The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/33799.
  3. ^ Profile of Ian Heilbron Archived 6 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "HEILBRON, Sir Ian Morris". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com. 1920–2015 (2015 ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 25 January 2015. (subscription or UK public library membership required)