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Walter Hieber

AKA Walter Otto Hieber

Born: 18-Dec-1895
Birthplace: Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Died: 29-Nov-1976
Location of death: Munich, Germany
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Forest Cemetery, Stuttgart-Degerloch, Germany

Gender: Male
Religion: Christian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Chemist

Nationality: Germany
Executive summary: Metal carbonyl chemistry

German chemist Walter Hieber was the first scientist to explore metal carbonyl chemistry. He lost his right hand in a laboratory explosion in 1922, very early in his career, but still formed the first metal hydride, the first metal carbonyl halide, and the first metal carbonyl cluster. His work provides the basis for modern organometalic and catalytic chemistry. As the Nazis came to power he never joined the Party, and in 1933 he was denied a professor's post at the University of Stuttgart by direct order of the Nazi Minister of Culture. His students included Nobel laureate Ernst Otto Fischer. His father was a well-known theologian who became Minister of Culture and State President in Württemberg.

Father: Johannes Hieber (theologian-politician, b. 1862, d. 1951)
Mother: Mathilde Auguste Schmid Hieber (b. 1871, d. 1946)
Brother: Martin Hieber (b. 1891, d. 1917 World War I)
Brother: Ernst Hieber (b. 1892, d. 1915 World War I)

    High School: Charles Gymnasium, Stuttgart, Germany
    University: DSc Chemistry, University of Tübingen (1919)
    Teacher: Chemistry, University of Würzburg (1919-25)
    Teacher: Chemistry, University of Jena (1925-26)
    Teacher: Chemistry, University of Heidelberg (1926-35)
    Teacher: Inorganic Chemistry, University of Munich (1935-47)
    Professor: Inorganic Chemistry, University of Munich (1947-64)

    Alfred Stock Prize 1951
    German Chemical Society
    Royal Society of Chemistry
    Shrapnel Injury 1922
    German Ancestry

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