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12/12/16

The Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung sadly mourns the passing of Professor Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Günther Wilke, former longstanding Director of the Institute

The Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung sadly mourns the passing of 
Professor Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Günther Wilke, former longstanding Director of the 
Institute

The Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung sadly mourns the passing of 

Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Günther WILKE 

23. 2. 1925 – 9. 12. 2016

former longstanding Director of the Institute, Emeritus Scientific Member, Vice President and Honorable Senator of the Max Planck Society, Knight Commander of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

With the passing of Günther Wilke, the scientific community loses a great personality who made a leading contribution to the development of chemistry and catalysis research. His early discovery of ligand control in the cyclo-oligomerization of butadiene opened up a new scientific frontier, found its way into the textbooks and quickly led to technical application. This discovery laid the basis for extensive fundamental work on the chemistry of olefin and allyl complexes of the late transition metals, in particular of nickel.

In addition, Günther Wilke played an active role as a representative involving industry, politics and society, which extended far above his varied commitments within the Max Planck Society. His dedication was characterized by vigor and steadfast optimism. His commitment was recognized by numerous honors. Among these was membership in nine Scientific Academies in Germany and abroad.

The Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung as his longtime place of activity commemorates in gratitude and reverence the scientist and person Günther Wilke. Our sympathy goes out to his family.

Alois Fürstner
Managing Director