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Rolf Huisgen
Rolf Huisgen (2004) in front of the painting "Mandrill" by Franz Marc
Born(1920-06-13)13 June 1920
Gerolstein, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Died26 March 2020(2020-03-26) (aged 99)
InstitutionsUniversity of Munich
Alma materUniversity of Munich
Doctoral advisorHeinrich Otto Wieland
Known for1,3-Dipolar cycloaddition
Notable awards1961 Liebig Medal
1979 Otto Hahn Prize for Chemistry and Physics

Rolf Huisgen (13 June 1920 – 26 March 2020) was a German chemist.

In 1947, he was named professor at the University of Tübingen in 1949. He returned to the University of Munich in 1952 where he remained dedicated to research long after attaining emeritus status in 1988.[1]

His best known work was related to the 1,3-Dipolar cycloaddition reaction, also known as the Huisgen cycloaddition or Huisgen reaction.[2] He is an important person in post-war chemistry departments in Germany and Austria, due to the large number of his "habilitants" becoming professors.

His daughter, mathematician Birge Huisgen-Zimmermann was born in 1946.

Huisgen died on 26 March 2020 at the age of 99.[3]


  1. Jeffrey I. Seeman (2005). "Rolf Huisgen: A Gentleman Scholar with Energy and Passion". Helvetica Chimica Acta 88 (6): 1145–1153. doi:10.1002/hlca.200590097 . 
  2. Huisgen, Rolf (November 1963). "Kinetics and Mechanism of 1,3-Dipolar Cycloadditions". Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2 (11): 633–645. doi:10.1002/anie.196306331 . 
  3. Rolf Huisgen (1920 – 2020)