Herbert Aaron Hauptman
February 14, 1917
|Died||October 23, 2011 (aged 94)|
|Alma mater||University of Maryland, College Park|
|Awards||Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1985) (jointly with Jerome Karle)|
|Institutions||Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute & University at Buffalo|
Herbert Aaron Hauptman (February 14, 1917 – October 23, 2011) was an American mathematician. He won a Nobel Prize. He made a mathematical method to find a molecular structures based on the X-ray patterns of crystallized materials. With Jerome Karle, he won the 1985 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Biography[change | change source]
Hauptman was interested in science and mathematics from an early age. He studied at Townsend Harris High School. He graduated from the City College of New York (1937). He earned an M.A. degree in mathematics from Columbia University in 1939. He married Edith Citrynell on November 10, 1940, and had two daughters.
After World War II, he began working together with Jerome Karle, a physical chemist, at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C.. He also enrolled in the Ph.D. program at the University of Maryland, College Park. They used their mathematics and physical chemistry skills to solve the phase problem of X-ray crystallography. By 1955, he had received his Ph.D. in mathematics, and they had worked out the direct methods in X-ray crystallography. Their 1953 article, "Solution of the Phase Problem I. The Centrosymmetric Crystal", contained the main ideas, the most important of which was the introduction of probabilistic methods.
In 1970 he joined the Medical Foundation of Buffalo, becoming its Research Director in 1972. At this time he developed the neighborhood principle and extension concept. These theories were further developed during the following years.
References[change | change source]
- Grimes, William (2011-10-24). "Herbert A. Hauptman, Nobel Laureate, Dies at 94". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-10-27.
- "Dr. Herbert Hauptman, Nobel Prize winner, is dead at 94". BuffaloNews.com. Retrieved 2011-10-27.
- Bernstein, Adam (October 24, 2011). "Herbert A. Hauptman, chemistry Nobelist and prominent researcher, dies at 94". Washington Post. Retrieved October 27, 2011.
Other websites[change | change source]
- Nobel Prize in Chemistry - Laureates
- Herbert Hauptman's Autobiography
- Dr Hauptman's CV Archived 2006-09-01 at the Wayback Machine
- Pergament: A PBS portrait of Buffalo's Nobel winner Herbert Hauptman Archived 2008-06-20 at the Wayback Machine
- Board of Science Advisors, The Buffalo International Film Festival, Buffalo, NY, United States Archived 2009-01-24 at the Wayback Machine