Klaus Biemann

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Klaus Biemann
Born (1926-11-02)November 2, 1926
Innsbruck, Austria
Died June 2, 2016(2016-06-02) (aged 89)
Fields Mass spectrometry
Institutions Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Alma mater University of Innsbruck
Ph.D. Organic Chemistry 1951
Doctoral students John M. Hayes[1]
Known for Mars Viking mass spectrometer[2]
Notable awards Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry (2007)
NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal (1977))

Klaus Biemann (November 2, 1926 – June 2, 2016)[3][4] was a professor of chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His work centered on structural analysis in organic and biochemistry. He has been called the "father of organic mass spectrometry."[5]

Awards and honors[edit]


  1. ^ Hayes, John Michael (1966). Techniques for high resolution mass spectrometric analysis of organic constituents of terrestrial and extraterrestrial samples (PhD thesis). Massachusetts Institute of Technology. OCLC 18679992.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ Biemann K (2007). "On the ability of the Viking gas chromatograph–mass spectrometer to detect organic matter". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 104 (25): 10310–3. Bibcode:2007PNAS..10410310B. doi:10.1073/pnas.0703732104. PMC 1965509free to read. PMID 17548829. 
  3. ^ The Encyclopedia of Mass Spectrometry: Volume 9, page 30
  4. ^ Klaus Biemann, professor emeritus of chemistry, dies at 89
  5. ^ Chung, Deborah D. L. (2006). The Road to Scientific Success: Inspiring Life Stories of Prominent Researchers (Road to Scientific Success). World Scientific Publishing Company. ISBN 981-256-600-7. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Klause Biemann". Franklin Laureate Database. Retrieved June 25, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter B" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved June 25, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Klaus Biemann". John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Retrieved June 25, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Frank H. Field and Joe L. Franklin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Mass Spectrometry". American Chemical Society. Retrieved June 25, 2011. 
  10. ^ "ACS Award in Analytical Chemistry". American Chemical Society. Retrieved June 25, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Thomson Medals, 2009". International Mass Spectrometry Foundation. Retrieved June 25, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b "Klaus Biemann Receives Beckman-ABRF Award". Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities. Retrieved June 25, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Biemann, Klaus". National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved June 25, 2011.