Search This Blog

01 June 2011

Herbert C. Brown / William Lipscomb's modified periodic table of the elements which puts boron in its proper perspective.

Click periodic table of elements to enlarge.

Herbert C. Brown (1912-2004, born Herbert Brovarnik in London, emigrated to USA at age 2, naturalized citizen 1936) won the 1979 Nobel Chemistry Prize for his lifetime of investigation of the chemical element boron
When he was graduated from the University of Chicago in 1936, he and his fiancee Sarah Baylen were so broke that a used book on boron was all she could afford as a graduation gift. Brown credited that primitive book with his lifetime obsession.
William N. Lipscomb (Nobel Chemistry 1976) also obsessed on the chemical bonds of boron and produced this periodic table to reflect boron's paramount importance among all the elements. It hung above the blackboard in Brown's Purdue classroom.


patfromch said...

What ? No element called Helvetiium ? Bugger, usually we are good at chemistry.

I thought that just Lord Kelvin alone discovered about 10 of these within a very short span of time but I might be incorrect. That periodical table looks sweet btw, had to look twice to notice the difference

Vleeptron Dude said...

Okay, will this do? It's from

The 24 "real" Swiss Nobel Prize winners

1901 Jean Henri Dunant: Nobel Peace Prize
1902 Elie Ducommun and Charles Albert Gobat: Nobel Peace Prize
1909 Emil Theodor Kocher: Physiology or Medicine
1913 Alfred Werner (born in Mulhouse, eastern France; citizen of Zurich from 1894): Chemistry
1919 Carl Friedrich Georg Spitteler: Literature
1920 Charles-Edouard Guillaume (lived in France from 1883): Physics
1921 Albert Einstein (born in Ulm, southern Germany; citizen of Zurich from 1901-1955): Physics
1937 Paul Karrer: Chemistry
1939 Leopold Ruzicka (born in Vukovar, now eastern Croatia; citizen of Zurich from 1917): Chemistry
1946 Hermann Hesse (born in Calw, southern Germany; citizenship of Basel from 1883-90 and from 1923 a citizen of Bern): Literature
1948 Paul Hermann Müller: Physiology or Medicine
1949 Walter Rudolf Hess: Physiology or Medicine
1950 Tadeus Reichstein (born in Wloclawek, Poland; citizen of Zurich from 1916): Physiology or Medicine
1951 Max Theiler (from 1922 in the US): Physiology or Medicine
1952 Felix Bloch (from 1934 in the US): Physics
1957 Daniel Bovet (from 1947 in Italy): Physiology or Medicine
1975 Vladimir Prelog (born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; citizen of Zurich from 1959): Chemistry
1978 Werner Arber: Physiology or Medicine
1986 Heinrich Rohrer: Physics
1987 Karl Alexander Müller: Physics
1991 Richard Robert Ernst: Chemistry
1992 Edmond Henri Fischer (born in Shanghai, China; citizen of Geneva from 1947): Physiology or Medicine
1996 Rolf Zinkernagel: Physiology or Medicine
2002 Kurt Wüthrich: Chemistry

patfromch said...

Wow, thanks ! I do recognize some of these names. Bugger, we haven't won anything in 10 years...almost like bloody EuroSong.

Mike said...

Not to get all off topic... but Youkali lives!!

fxhawaii said...

Surely, the guy is totally just.