Father of Macromolecular Chemistry
Item Number: 11278
German Chemist. Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1953 for discoveries in the field of macromolecular chemistry. He also developed Staudinger’s Law, which states that the viscosity of a molecule is inversely proportional to its molecular weight. Staudinger himself saw the potential for this science long before it was fully realized. “It is not improbable,” Staudinger smartly commented in 1936, “that sooner or later a way will be discovered to prepare artificial fibers from synthetic high-molecular products, because the strength and elasticity of natural fibers depend exclusively on their macro-molecular structure – i.e., on their long thread-shaped molecules.” Staudinger received the 1953 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for “his discoveries in the field of macromolecular chemistry.” In 1999, the American Chemical Society and Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker designated Staudinger's work as an International Historic Chemical Landmark. His pioneering research has afforded the world myriad plastics, textiles, and other polymeric materials which make consumer products more affordable, attractive and fun. Through his research, Staudinger also discovered that the viscosity of a molecule is inversely proportional to its molecular weight, a principle today known as Staudinger's Law.
1 Typed Letters Signed,1 page, in German, on State Research Institute for Macromolecular Chemistry letterhead, January 26, 1949. "Upon receipt of your telegram I have written to gentlemen Reichstein and Rupe. Awaiting further details..H. Staudinger". Institute stamp and in excellent condition.