Theodor Förster: A giant of modern photochemistry



 

 

 

May 15th, 1910 - May 20th 1974

 

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1933
Ph.D. (with Erwin Madelung) University of Frankfurt am Main
1942
o. Professor, the State University of Poznan
1946
Arrival in Niedernjesa, Kr. Göttingen (old school)
27.9.1946
First Publication on FRET (now 65 years) Energy transport and fluorescence [in German] Naturwissenschaften 33:166-175.
1.12.1947-30.4.1951
Max-Planck-Institute for physical chemistry, Göttingen, leader of the department for "structure research".
1948
Most cited work on FRET (4311 citations until 18.3.2011) Zwischenmolekulare Energiewanderung und Fluoreszenz [in German] Annalen der Physik 437(2): 55-75.
1.5.1951
Full Professor, Technical University Stuttgart
17.7.1952
External scientific member of the Max-Planck-Institute for physical chemistry

 

Three main research fields (77 Publications from 1933 to 1975)

  1. Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET),
  2. the Förster cycle, linking protolysis and reprotonation of molecules in the excited state,
  3. excimer formation by association of an excited with an electronic-ground-state molecule.

 

Literature

  1. Albert Weller, Nachruf auf Theodor Förster, Berichte der Bunsengesellschaft für Physikalische Chemie 1974, 78(10): 969-971 [German].
  2. Albert Weller, In Memoriam Theodor Förster, EPA Newsletter 1980, 9(April): 6-19 [English].
  3. a) Horst E.A. Kramer and Peter Fischer, The Scientific Work of Theodor Förster: A Brief Sketch of his live and Personality, ChemPhysChem 2011, 12: 555-558
    b) Special Issue: Förster Resonance Energy Transfer, ChemPhysChem 2011, 12(3), 421-719