Egon Wiberg

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Egon Gustaf Martin Wiberg (born June 3, 1901 in Güstrow ; † November 24, 1976 in Munich ) was a German chemist and professor of inorganic chemistry at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich from 1938.


Wiberg studied chemistry at the Technical University of Karlsruhe (TH Karlsruhe) from 1921 and graduated with a doctorate in 1927 . He was an academic student of Stefan Goldschmidt and his doctoral thesis dealt with the topic "On the breakdown of amino acids and dipeptides by hypobromite". In 1931 he completed his habilitation at the TH Karlsruhe. In 1932 he was appointed head of the department. In 1936 he became an adjunct professor at the TH Karlsruhe and in 1938 provisional head of the extraordinary department (apl. Prof.) for inorganic chemistry at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich . Since 1943 he was co-editor of the "Textbook of Chemistry" founded by Arnold F. Holleman , which appeared from 1955 as the "Textbook of Inorganic Chemistry" . In 1951 he became a full professor and director of the Institute for Inorganic Chemistry at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich. One of his students is the inorganic chemist Max Schmidt , who received his doctorate from Wiberg in 1951.

Egon Wiberg is the father of the author Nils Wiberg, who was born in 1934 .


Work areas were hydrides of the chemical elements beryllium , magnesium , boron , aluminum and other metals, as well as phosphorus, boron, silicon and boron-nitrogen compounds.

Awards and memberships

Science awards

Memberships and honorary positions

The Egon Wiberg Lecture was named after him for outstanding achievements in research and teaching in inorganic chemistry.

Web links

  • H. Nöth: Egon Wiberg, 3.6.1901 - 24.11.1976 , Bavarian Academy of Sciences - Yearbook 1977, p. 254 PDF (obituary)

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Klaus Koschel: The development and differentiation of the subject chemistry at the University of Würzburg. In: Peter Baumgart (Ed.): Four hundred years of the University of Würzburg. A commemorative publication. Degener & Co. (Gerhard Gessner), Neustadt an der Aisch 1982 (= sources and contributions to the history of the University of Würzburg. Volume 6), ISBN 3-7686-9062-8 , pp. 703–749; here: p. 744.
  2. Nachr. Chem. Techn., 1961, 9 , p. 176.
  3. ^ Entry on Wiberg, Egon. In: Römpp Online . Georg Thieme Verlag, accessed on April 11, 2015.
  4. ^ Member entry by Egon Wiberg at the German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina , accessed on October 24, 2012.
  5. TU Wien: Honorary doctorates ( memento of the original from February 21, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. . Retrieved March 26, 2015. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /