Alan McLeod Sargeson 1930–2008
Historical Records of Australian Science
22(2) 246 - 276
Published: 02 November 2011
Alan Sargeson was an extraordinarily gifted inorganic chemist who consistently made important and lasting contributions to his discipline. His lifelong interests were in the area of coordination chemistry, especially in the stereochemistry and reactivity of complexes involving the transition element cobalt. Notable discoveries included the elucidation of the mechanisms of substitution reactions of cobalt complexes, and the demonstration that amino acid amides and their esters and phosphate esters incorporated in properly designed metal complexes could achieve the high rates of hydrolysis displayed by enzyme reactions. Perhaps most notable was the discovery of the ready formation of cage complexes where the metal is fully encapsulated. His impact on his field was far-reaching, his achievements were at the highest level and for over thirty years he was among the few who dominated the field.
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