Hermann Staudinger's life and achievements
March 23, 1881-Born in Worms, son of Franz Staudinger and Auguste Wenck
1899-Graduated from high school in Worms, later studied chemistry in Halle, Darmstadt, and Munich
1903-Prepared Ph.D. thesis under Daniel Vorländer in Halle
1907-Completed postdoctoral work under J. Thiele in Strasbourg, discovered ketenes
1912-Became associate professor of organic chemistry at the Technical University of Karlsruhe
1912-Became professor of organic chemistry at the Eigenössische Technische Hochschule in Zurich
1920-Proposed that rubber, plastics, and many biomolecules are in fact high molecular weight compounds (which he called "macromolecules" in 1922)
1926-Became professor of organic chemistry and director of the chemistry laboratory at Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg
1928-Married Magda Woit
1940-Founded the Institute for Macromolecular Chemistry at the chemistry department, the first European research institute devoted exclusively to polymer research
1947-Started the journal Makromolekulare Chemie
1951-Retired as professor of organic chemistry, succeeded by Arthur Lüttringhaus
1951-Became director of the Institute for Macromolecular Chemistry, which was separated from the university and became the Government Research Laboratory of the state of Baden-Württemberg.
1953-Awarded the Nobel Prize for chemistry
1956-Resigned as director, succeeded by Elfriede Husemann. The institute again became part of the university's chemistry department.
1962-Elfriede Husemann was appointed full professor of macromolecular chemistry of the newly established chair at the University of Freiburg; the Institute for Macromolecular Chemistry obtained a new building in Stefan-Meier Str. 31.
September 8, 1965-Staudinger died in Freiburg.