Arthur John Birch 1915–1995
Rodney W. Rickards and Sir John Cornforth
Historical Records of Australian Science
18(2) 243 - 280
Published: 14 November 2007
Arthur John Birch AC CMG FRS FAA was one of the great organic chemists of the twentieth century. He held chairs at the Universities of Sydney and Manchester and at the Australian National University in Canberra, and was President of the Australian Academy of Science from 1982 to 1986. His outstanding research contributions include the Birch reduction of aromatic compounds by sodium and ethanol in liquid ammonia, his polyketide theory of the biosynthesis of natural products, and his studies of synthetic applications of diene iron tricarbonyl complexes.
*This memoir is also published in Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society of London, 2007.
Full text doi:10.1071/HR07010
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