Date of Birth: October 27, 1927. Place of Birth: Budapest, Hungary. Education: MSc in Chemistry (Pázmány Péter University, Budapest, 1945-49), chemistry and physics teacher (Eötvös Collegium, 1945-50). PhD: Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest (ELTE, 1959); DSc: Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA, 1971). Academic Positions: ELTE, Department of Organic Chemistry, Assistant Professor (1950-1964), Associate Professor (1965-1970), Full Professor (ELTE, 1971-1997), Professor Emeritus (1998-), Head of Department (1970-1993) Honours: Academy Award (1975), Zemplén Géza Award (1987), Széchenyi Award (1996), Bruckner Győző Award (1998), Eötvös József laureate (2000), Náray Szabó István Award (2008) Insignia: ELTE Pro Universitate Medal (1985), Hungarian Higher Education Commemorial Plaque (1992), ELTE Golden Medal (1997), ELTE Doctor et professor honoris causa (2007).
Graduate Courses: Organic Chemistry (major course), Synthetic Organic Chemistry (laboratory courses), Organic Chemistry Seminar, Research in Organic Chemistry, Topics in Organosulfur Chemistry. Textbooks: Organic Chemistry, Vol. 1-5 (1976), Bruckner: Advanced Organic Chemistry, Vol. 1-6 (1950-1981; co-author). Experimental Organic Chemistry, Vol. 1-2 (1968). MSc Programs : directed in 10 cases; PhD Programs : directed in 6 cases.
Synthesis of organosulfur compounds (sulfides, sulfoxides, sulfilimines, sulfonium salts, spiro-λ4-sulfanes). Molecular structure and stereochemistry (conformation, absolute configuration) of organosulfur compounds as investigated by spectroscopic, X-ray diffraction, electron diffraction and quantum-chemical methods. Study of mechanisms and stereochemistry of organosulfur reactions occurring at four-valenced central sulfur atom with three or four ligands by using kinetic, isotope-labelling and chromatographic methods. Study of structure-reactivity relationships for organosulfur compounds with unusual bonding systems: p -electron-delocalization, hypervalent bonds, sulfur-oxygen and sulfur-nitrogen nonbonded interactions.
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