Vladimir Nikolaevich Ipatieff
(or Ipatiev): B. H. HIIATEbEB
Subject areas: catalysis; organic chemistry; petroleum
chemistry; high-pressure research; inorganic chemistry; explosives; polymerization
Born Moscow, Russia 9 November 1867;
Died Chicago, Illinois 29 November 1952
Married Barbara Ermakoff (????????) 26 July 1892; children:
Nikolay, Vladimir, Anna, Dimitri.
Education: Mikhail Artillery School, St. Petersburg,
Russia, 1887; Artillery Academy, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1889-1892
Studies in chemistry at University of St. Petersburg, Russia
(advisor A. E. Favorsky), dissertation 1895 Studied with Adolph
von Bayer, Munich, 1896 Ch.D. University of St. Petersburg,
Russia, 1908 (note: in Russia a Doctorate is a much more advanced
degree than in the U.S. or Britain; it is somewhat akin to
a Habilitation in a German university).
Professional employment: Artillery Academy, St. Petersburg,
Russia, Instructor in Chemistry, 1892, Assistant Professor
1895; Professor of Chemistry and Explosives 1899; University
of St. Petersburg, Russia, Lecturer in Chemistry, 1902-1916;
Etc. etc. Universal Oil Products (later
UOP, Inc.), Riverside, Illinois, Director of Research, Sept.
1930 - ; Northwestern University, Chemistry faculty, 1931,
Director of Ipatieff High Pressure Synthesis Laboratory, 1938
Students: Vladimir Haensel, Ph.D.
Northwestern University, 1941;
Influence on: Herman Pines; Robert
L. Burwell, Jr.; ... Memberships: American
Chemical Society; National Academy of Sciences (U.S.); Chicago
Chemist's Club; Academy of Science (St. Petersburg, Russia);
Deutsche Chemische Gesellschaft (Berlin); ... Publications:
Catalytic reactions at high temperatures and pressures, N.Y.,
V. N. Ipatieff, The life of a chemist: memoirs of V.
N. Ipatieff, ed. by Xenia Joukoff Eudin, Helen Dwight Fisher
[and] Harold H. Fisher; translated by Vladimir Haensel and Mrs.
Ralph H. Lusher. Stanford Univ. Press, 1946.
V. N. Ipatieff, My life in the United States; the memoirs of a chemist.
Northwestern University Press, 1959.
Herman Pines, Genesis and evolution of the Ipatieff Catalytic Laboratory
at Northwestern University, 1930-1970. Department of Chemistry, Northwestern
V. I. Kuznetsov, Vladimir Nikolaevich Ipat´ev, 1867-1952. Moscow,
Nauka, 1992. Vladimir N. Ipatieff; testimonial in honor of three milestones
in his career, Chicago, American Institute of Chemists, 1942.
Vladimir N. Ipatieff meeting, Chicago Section American Chemical Society,
November 26, 1937. Chicago, 1937.
Paul Haensel, "V. N. Ipatieff in Russia" The Chemical bulletin (ACS
Chicago Section), 27, no. 4, April, 1940, 109-113.
Herman Pines, "Ipatieff: man of science" Science 157, 166-170
Herman Pines, "My mentor, Ipatieff" Chemtech 11, Feb. 1981, 78-82.
Herman Pines, "V. N. Ipatieff: as I knew him", pp. 23-32 in B. H. Davis and
W. T. Hettinger, Jr., eds., Heterogeneous catalysis (American Chemical
L. Schmerling, in Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences, 47,
American Chemists and Chemical Engineers (American Chemical Society,
1976), pp. 241-242.
Dictionary of Scientific Biography, 7, 21-22
Eduard Faber, ed. Great chemists (Interscience, 1961)
W. R. Pötsch et al., Lexikon bedeutender Chemiker (Leipzig, 1988)
Who was who in the USSR (Scarecrow Press, 1972)
World who's who in science (Marquis, 1968)
J. C. Poggendorff, Biographisches- literarisches Handwörterbuch zur
Geschichte der exacten Naturwissenschaften 4, 682-683; 5,
570-571; 6, 1196-1197; 7b, 2172-2177
Northwestern University Vladimir Ipatieff Papers, 1867-1950.
3 cu. ft. (10 boxes)
Cite as: Vladimir N. Ipatieff Papers (11/3/8/2), Northwestern
This collection covers virtually the entirety of Valdimir N. Ipatieff's career
as a chemist, as reflected through both his professional and private papers.
The collection roughly spans the years 1867-1950, and includes material separated
and arranged in the following categories: personal correspondence; diaries
in English and Russian; professional articles by Ipatieff; hand- and typewritten
manuscript materials; news clippings and tributes to Ipatieff; legal documents
regarding the management of his and his wife's estates; miscellaneous writings
and memorabilia. The collection is notable as a source of some of the origins
of the Ipatieff Laboratory, donated to Northwestern University in 1939 and
expanded in 1947. Ipatieff was Lecturer in Chemistry at Northwestern from1931
to 1945, Director of the Ipatieff Catalytic High Pressure Laboratory for chemical
research from 1939-1952, and Lecturer Emeritus from 1945-1952.
Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco, Vladimir Ipatieff
Papers, 1896-1953. Speeches and writings, correspondence,
patents, biographical data, and photographs, relating to
chemical research in Russia and the Soviet Union, and to
Russian émigré affairs. In various languages.
Register. Microfilm copy at ??
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