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Richard Fred Heck

(1931-08-15)August 15, 1931
Died October 10, 2015(2015-10-10) (aged 84)
Manila, Philippines
Nationality American
Alma mater University of California, Los Angeles
Known for Heck reaction
Awards Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2010)
Scientific career
Fields Chemistry
Institutions University of Delaware

Richard Fred Heck (August 15, 1931 – October 10, 2015) was an American chemist. He was known for the discovery and development of the Heck reaction, which uses palladium to catalyze organic chemical reactions that couple aryl halides with alkenes.

Heck was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry on October 6, 2010, with the Japanese chemists Ei-ichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki, for their work in palladium-catalyzed coupling reactions in organic synthesis.

Heck died on October 10, 2015 in Manila in hospital, aged 84. He suffered a bout of severe vomiting earlier in the week.

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