Eigen, Manfred


1927– German physical chemist and Nobel Prize winner who developed techniques for measuring rapid chemical reactions.

Keywords: physical chemistry; kinetics; flash photolysis; reaction rates; origins of life

Further Reading

Eigen M (1954) Methods for investigation of ionic reactions in aqueous solutions. Discussions of the Faraday Society 17: 194–207.

Eigen M (1955) Potential impulse method for the investigation of very rapid reactions. Zeitschrift für Elektrochemie 59: 483–494.

Eigen M (1972) Immeasurably fast reactions. Nobel Lectures Chemistry 1963–1970, pp. 163–205. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Eigen M (1978) The Hypercycle: a principle of natural self‐organization. Berlin: Springer.

Eigen M and Winkler R (1981) Laws of the Game. How the Principles of Nature Govern Chance. New York: A A Knopf.

Eigen M (1990) Steps Towards Life. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Haglund H (1976) Life‐game, with glass beads and molecules, on the principles of the origin of life. Journal of Chemical Education 53: 468–470.

Magill FN (ed.) (1990) The Nobel Prize Winners Chemistry, vol. 2, pp. 798–805. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press.

Spittler EG (1993) Manfred Eigen. James LK Nobel Laureates Chemistry 1901–1992, pp. 494–499. Washington, DC: American Chemical Society

Wasson T (1987) Nobel Prize Winners, pp. 286–287. New York: HW Wilson Co.

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Brock, WH(Apr 2001) Eigen, Manfred. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0002777]