Born 1895, died 1976. Student of Rudolf Weinland (Univ. of Würzburg). Studies in Tübingen (graduation 1919), habilitation in Würzburg (1924), lecturer in Heidelberg, since 1934 director of the inorgnic-chemical institute at the Technische Universität München as successor of Wilhelm Manchot. Walter Hieber is the foundator of the metal-carbonyl-chemistry and is deemed to be one of the pioneers of the organometallic chemistry. He discovered amongst others the so-called metal-carbonyl-hydrides (e.g. H2Fe(CO)4, HMn(CO)5), detected the basic reactions of metalcarbonyls (1931) and contributed to the synthesis of numerous metalcarbonyl compounds (i.e. Re2(CO)10). In 1964, he was succeeded by his student Ernst Otto Fischer (nobel prize 1963).
To keep alive the memory of Walter Hieber, especially at his domain, the Wacker Chemie GmbH named the professorship after Walter Hieber (established 1988)
Ceremonial colloquium by Dieter Seebach at the Walter-Hieber-Professorship in 1989
|Wacker chief executive Professor Johannes Kohl hands Dieter Seebach (center) the Walter-Hieber- Professorship in the presence of Frank Müller (Consortium für Elektrochemische Industrie GmbH, München) (l.), Wolfgang A. Herrmann (2nd from l.) and Hans Stach (r.) |
Previous holders of the professorship
Physics nobel laureates R. Mößbauer, Lord Lewis and chemistry nobel laureate
E.O. Fischer (from left to right) at the Walter-Hiebe-Professorship in 1992