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Ei-ichi Negishi

Japanese chemist (1935 - 2021)

Ei-ichi Negishi is ...


Born 14 July 1935 in Hsinking
Died 6 June 2021 in Indianapolis
Age 85 years, 11 months

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship United States of America and Japan
Occupation chemist and professor
Residence Indiana and United States of America
Awards Guggenheim Fellowship, Order of Culture, Nobel Prize in Chemistry, American Chemical Society Award in Organometallic Chemistry and American Chemical Society Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry
Influenced by Herbert C. Brown
Member of National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Letters, American Academy of Arts and Sciences and American Association for the Advancement of Science
Educated at University of Tokyo and University of Pennsylvania
Academic degree Doctor of Philosophy
Field of work organic chemistry

About Ei-ichi Negishi

Ei-ichi Negishi, the Japanese chemist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2010, passed away on June 6, 2021, at the age of 85. Negishi was born on July 14, 1935, in Changchun, China, and grew up in Japan. He received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1963 and joined Purdue University in 1979, where he spent the rest of his career.

Negishi's groundbreaking work in organic synthesis led to the development of the Negishi coupling, a method for creating carbon-carbon bonds that has become a fundamental tool in organic chemistry. His research also contributed to the development of drugs, materials, and other important chemicals.

In addition to the Nobel Prize, Negishi received numerous other awards and honors throughout his career, including the Japan Academy Prize, the Order of Culture from the Japanese government, and the American Chemical Society's Priestley Medal.

Negishi was known for his dedication to teaching and mentoring, and his impact on the field of chemistry will be felt for generations to come. He is survived by his wife, Sumire, and their two children.


- "Ei-ichi Negishi, Nobel Prize-winning chemist, dies at 85." The Japan Times. June 11, 2021.

- "Ei-ichi Negishi, Nobel laureate in chemistry, dies at 85." Purdue University News. June 7, 2021.

- "Ei-ichi Negishi, 2010 Nobel laureate in chemistry, dies at 85." Chemical & Engineering News. June 7, 2021.

About Death

Negishi died in Indianapolis, Indiana, on June 6, 2021. He was 85 years old. No funeral services took place in the United States, but his family planned to lay him to rest in Japan in 2022.

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