Otto Diels

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Otto Diels as Nobel Prize Laureate

Otto Paul Hermann Diels (born January 23, 1876 in Hamburg , † March 7, 1954 in Kiel ) was a German chemist . With his student Kurt Alder , he received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1950 for the discovery of the Diels-Alder reaction .


Diels attended the Joachimsthal Gymnasium and studied chemistry at the Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität zu Berlin with Emil Fischer . He graduated in 1899, and his doctorate at Emil Fischer to Dr. phil. He received a 1915 Extraordinariat and already changed a year later as professor at the University of Kiel . In 1925/26 he was its rector . Until 1945 he headed the Institute for Chemistry. His areas of work were the constitution of steroids , dehydration reactions with selenium , α-di ketones , urethanes and carbon suboxide .


Memorial plaque for Otto Diels at the entrance of the former hygiene institute in Kiel


Web links

Commons : Otto Diels  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Life data, publications and academic family tree of Otto Paul Hermann Diels at, accessed on January 1, 2018.
  2. Dissertation: On the knowledge of the cyanuric compounds
  3. Rector's speeches (HKM)
  4. Member entry of Otto Diels (with picture and CV) at the German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina , accessed on January 11, 2017.
  5. Holger Krahnke: The members of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen 1751-2001 (= Treatises of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen, Philological-Historical Class. Volume 3, Vol. 246 = Treatises of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen, Mathematical-Physical Class. Episode 3, vol. 50). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2001, ISBN 3-525-82516-1 , p. 68.
  6. Member entry by Otto Diels (with a link to an obituary) at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences , accessed on January 26, 2017.
  7. Hans-G. Hilscher, Dietrich Bleihöfer: Dielsweg. In: Kiel Street Lexicon. Continued since 2005 by the Office for Building Regulations, Surveying and Geoinformation of the State Capital Kiel, as of February 2017 ( ).