Francois Auguste Victor Grignard
Francois Auguste Victor Grignard, born May 6, 1871, discovered organomagnesium halides (now referred to as Grignard reagents) accidentally while he was searching for an efficient catalyst for methylation. This discovery became the subject of his doctoral thesis in 1901.
In 1910, Grignard married Augustine Marie Boulant. They had a son and daughter. Their son, Roger, followed in his father's footsteps by entering the world of academia and studied in the field of organic chemistry. Grignard was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1912. By his death in 1935, Grignard had published over 170 articles.[Back to Marshall Fellowship]