Philippe A. Guye

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Philippe A. Guye
Born12 June 1862
Died27 March 1922(1922-03-27) (aged 59)
AwardsDavy Medal (1921)

Philippe A. Guye FRS (12 June 1862 – 27 March 1922) was a Swiss chemist who was awarded the Davy Medal in 1921 "for his researches in physical chemistry".[1]

Guye earned his Ph.D. at the University of Geneva, with research under the direction of Carl Gräbe. In 1892, Guye was elected to the “Chaire extraordinaire de chimie théorique et technique."

Amongst his students in Geneva were Albert Fredrick Ottomar Germann, Frank Erhart Emmanuel Germann, and Vera Estaf'evna Bogdanovskaia, who learnt about his work on stereochemistry.[2]

In 1903, Guye founded the first Swiss journal of chemistry, the Journal de Chimie Physique. Italian photochemist Giacomo Luigi Ciamician (1857–1922), “the founder of green chemistry,” nominated Guye five times (1917, 1918, 1919, 1920, and 1921) for the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. [3]


  1. ^ Science (54 ed.). HighWire Press. 1921. p. 659.
  2. ^ Elder, Eleanor S; et al. (April 1979). "The Deadly Outcome of Chance-Vera Estaf'evna Bogdanovskaia". Journal of Chemical Education. 56 (4): 251–2. doi:10.1021/ed056p251.
  3. ^ Nebbia, Giorgio, and George B. Kauffman, “Prophet of Solar Energy: A Retrospective View of Giacomo Luigi Ciamician (1857–1922), the Founder of Green Chemistry, on the 150th Anniversary of His Birth,” The Chemical Educator, vol. 12, no. 5 (2007), pp. 362–369, citing E. Crawford, compiler, The Nobel Population 1901–1950: A Census of the Nominators and Nominees for the Prizes in Physics and Chemistry (Tokyo: Universal Academy Press, 2002).

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