Henry Taube Inorganic Chemistry

Won the Nobel prize in chemistry for studying electron transfer reactions

The Story

Taube studied at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon (BSc 1935; MSc 1937) and the University of California, Berkeley (PhD, 1940). He has spent his life conducting experiments to understand the behaviour of ions in solution. His most famous work has been in electron transfer reactions, for which he won the Nobel prize for chemistry in 1983. Current work continues with this area, and includes reactivity of inorganic substances, mixed-valence molecules, and systematic study of back-bonding. He has received numerous awards and honours, in addition to the Nobel prize, such as the Linus Pauling award in 1981.

Sources: Who’s Who in Frontier Science and Technology 1984-85, Modern Men of Science 1966


The Person

November 30, 1915
Neudorf, Saskatchewan
Date of Death
November 16, 2005
Physical Chemist; Professor of chemistry
Stanford University
  • BS, University of Saskatchewan, 1935
  • MS, University of Saskatchewan, 1937 PhD, 1940, University of California, Berkeley
  • Numerous awards, American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Chandler Medal, Columbia University, 1964
  • John Gamble Kirkwood Award, ACS, 1966
  • ACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry, 1967
  • Nichols Medal, ACS, 1971
  • Willard Gibbs Medal, ACS, 1971
  • F. P. Dwyer Medal, U of New South Wales, Australia, 1973
  • National Medal of Science, 1977
  • National Academy of Sciences Award in Chemical Sciences, 1983
  • Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1983
  • Honorary Fellowship, Royal Society of Chemistry, 19
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