2010 NOBEL PRIZE WINNER for his work in palladium-catalyzed coupling reactions in organic synthesis

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  • 2010 NOBEL PRIZE WINNER for his work in palladium-catalyzed coupling reactions in organic synthesis
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  • Am I the only Nobel Prize winner in the Philippines?? Richard HeckEi-ichi NegishiAkira Suzuki
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  • born in August 15, 1931 in Springfield Massachusetts the only son of a housewife and a salesman his parents were dancers before he was born
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  • He got into chemistry as a teenager when their family moved from Springfield, Mass., to Los Angeles area. fertilizerssprays plants
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  • chemistry lab in the garage got carried away... make something new He wasnt an extraordinary student but he did always get great grades in chemistry.
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  • obtained his degree in bachelor of sciences (1952) and his doctorate (1954) at the University of California Los Angeles under the supervision of Dr. Saul Winstein to do postdoctoral research with noted chemist Vladimir Prelog in Zurich, Switzerland
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  • Hercules Corporation in Wilmington, Delaware in 1957
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  • engaged in research on palladium-catalyzed reactions laid the groundwork for coupling between carbon atoms by using a catalyser or chemical to promote process published several single- author papers in chemistry journals He had worked there for 14 years, however, he got fired when the Hercules decided that they no longer needed his line of research.
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  • In 1971, he was hired at the University of Delaware as a professor of chemistry. He again started working on the palladium catalyst through funding from the US National Science Foundation and other sources.
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  • In 1989, he retired with frustrations when his funding was cancelled and he was unable to obtain corporate or government grants to further his research. But he remained as professor emeritus at the University of Delaware.
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  • He met a Filipina on his one of seasonal vacations when he was still a professor at the University of Delaware. An ordinary woman named Socorro or Soci who lived in Quezon City, Philippines captured the heart of Mr. Heck.
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  • They dated for one month and decided to get marry. For 31 years of marriage, they are childless.
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