Foundations of Chemistry

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 249–251 | Cite as

Ulf Lagerkvist: Erling Norrby (ed.): The periodic table and a missed Nobel Prize

World Scientific Publishing Co., Singapore/Hackensack, NJ/London, 2012, xii + 122 pp, ISBN: 978-981-4295-95-6 (paperback), $22, £15
  • George B. Kauffman
Book Review

The “story behind the story” of the genesis of this book is an involved and fascinating one. In May the Sven and Dagmar Salén Foundation decided to give a grant to Ulf Lagerqvist (1926–2010) to permit publication of his manuscript titled The Bewildered Nobel Committee by the World Scientific Publishing Company (WSPC). This decision was based on a thorough review by Torbjörn Norin, Professor of Organic Chemistry at the Royal School of Technology (Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, KTH) in Stockholm and a member of the board of the foundation. Unfortunately, Lagerqvist, a Professor of Biochemistry and Chairman of Medical and Physiological Chemistry at Gothenburg University, Sweden (1964–1991), member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, influential researcher on the metabolism of the components of the nucleic acids in the rapidly developing field of molecular biology, and an outstanding writer popularizing the history of science since his retirement (Lagerqvist 1991, 1998, 2003, 2005),...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ChemistryCalifornia State University, FresnoFresnoUSA

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