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A.E. Arbuzov Institute of Organic and Physical Chemistry

Kazan Scientific Centre Russian Academy of Sciences

The International Arbuzov Award in the field of organophosphorous chemistry

July 11, 1997, on the eve of the 120th anniversary of academician Alexander Е. Arbuzov, outstanding chemist, the Creator of a new branch of chemistry - chemistry of organophosphorus compounds, President of Tatarstan Mintimer Shaimiev signed a Decree on the establishment of the International Arbuzov Award in the field of organophosphorus chemistry.

1999

 

Jan Michalski (Poland) (1920)
Professor, Director of the Center of Molecular and Macromolecular Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences at Lodz

 

Jan Michalski is the founder of the organophosphorus chemistry school in Poland and one of undisputed leaders in organophosphorus chemistry for more than 40 years. He is the author of over 350 papers and co-author of 4 monographs on the organophosphorus compounds chemistry.
Prof.Michalski is recognized for his pioneering work in the field of trivalent phosphorus stereochemistry as well as the chemistry of thio- and selena­ phosphoryl compounds. He was one of the first to use 31P NMR spectroscopy together with stereochemical studies to elucidate the mechanisms of important reactions in phosphorus chemistry. Michalski developed also methods for chemo-­ and stereoselective phosphorylation of naturalproducts. His development of the concept of organophosphorus pseudohalogens, which became an important tool in the synthesis of sulfur- and selenium-organic compounds as well as in general organic synthesis, is of particular importance.
Prof. Michalski is the member of Polish, France, and Berlin Academies of Sciences. He was awarded different international prizes including the Medals for scientific achievements of Paris, Polish Chemical Society, and Japan.