Kenichi Fukui


Born October 4th, 1918 in Nara Prefecture. Director, Institute for Fundamental Chemistry, Kyoto, Japan.

Co-recipient 1981 Nobel prize for Chemistry (with Roald Hoffmann). Order of Culture : Person of Cultural Merits (1981, Japan). Japan Academy Prize 1962. Foreign Associate, National Academy of Sciences 1981. Foreign Honorary Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences 1983. Member, European Academy of Arts, Sciences and Humanities 1981. Member, Japan Academy 1983. Full Member, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences 1985. Honorary Member, The Royal Institution of Great Britain 1989. Foreign Member, The Royal Society 1989.

Author of:

"A Molecular Orbital Theory of Reactivity in Aromatic Hydrocarbons" K. Fukui, T. Yonezawa, H. Shingu, J. Chem. Phys., 20, 722 (1952).

K. Fukui, in Molecular Orbitals in Chemistry, Physics and Biology. Lowdin P.-O. and Pullman B., eds., Academic (1964), New York, N.Y., p.513.

"A Formulation of the Reaction Coordinate," K. Fukui, J. Phys. Chem., 74, 4161 (1970).

"The Path of Chemical Reactions - The IRC Approach," K. Fukui, Acc. Chem. Res., 14, 363 (1981).

"Interaction Frontier Orbitals," K. Fukui, N. Koga, H. Fujimoto, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 103, 196 (1981).

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