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Smiljko Ašperger

Smiljko Ašperger, Fellow of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Date of birth:

  • 01/25/1921

Place of birth:

  • Zagreb

Date of death:

  • 05/03/2014

Place of death:

  • Zagreb

Academic titles:

  • Fellow of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts
  • Doctor of Science

Institutions:

  • Professor (retired) - Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry University of Zagreb

Membership in Academy:

  • Full member - The Department of Mathematical, Physical and Chemical Sciences (07/24/1991 - 05/03/2014)
  • Extraordinary member - The Department of Mathematical, Physical and Chemical Sciences (06/09/1983 - 07/24/1991)
  • Associate member - The Department of Mathematical, Physical and Chemical Sciences (06/06/1975 - 06/09/1983)


Personal

  • Born on January 25, 1921 in Zagreb, Croatia from father, Miroslav and mother Zora, born Petrovic. Father was attorney in Zagreb and Djakovo, Croatia.
  • Married in 1952 to Ema Princ, B.Sc. in Pharmacy. One son, Miroslav, born 1960 (B.Sc. in geology).

Education

  • B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, Technical Faculty, University of Zagreb, 1943;
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Zagreb, 1946.

Positions Held

  • 1946-52 Assistant of Physical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, University of Zagreb (FPhB)
  • 1952-57 Assistant Professor of Physical Chemistry, FPhB
  • 1958-61 Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry, FPhB
  • 1962-86 Professor of Physical Chemistry, FPhB
  • 1968-86 Chairman, Department of Chemistry, FPhB
  • 1958-61 Dean, FPhB
  • 1964-66 Dean, FPhB
  • 1970-72 Dean, FPhB
  • 1986 Retired

Fellowships

  • 1954-55 Postdoctoral Research Associate (as British Council Scholar) with Sir Christopher Ingold, University College London
  • 1955-57 Postdoctoral Research Associate with W.H. Saunders, Jr., University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y.

Visiting Professorships

  • 1969 University of Munich, Germany (1 month)
  • 1969-70 University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn. (7 months)
  • 1970 Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. (5 months)
  • 1972 University of Mainz, Germany (1 month)
  • 1974 University of Kiev, Ukraine (1 month)
  • 1976 University of Mainz , Germany (3 weeks)
  • 1977 University of Munich, Germany (3 weeks)
  • 1984, University of Minneapolis, Minnesota (1 month)
  • 1986 Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y. (5 monts)
  • 1986 Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (2 weeks)
  • 1987 Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island (6 weeks)
  • 1989 University of Minnesota, Minneapolis , Minn. (2 weeks)
  • 1989 University of Rochester, Rochester , N.Y. (3 weeks)
  • 1989 Wayne State University, Detroit , Michigan (2 weeks)
  • 1991 University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y. (2 weeks)

Awards

  • 1967 "Rudjer Bošković" Award of the Republic of Croatia for Science
  • 1992 Award for the "Life Accomplishment in science" of the Republic of Croatia
  • 1996 "Božo Težak" Medal conferred by the Croatian Chemical Society
  • 1999, "Josip Juraj Strossmayer Award" under the auspices of the Croatian Academy of Science and Arts and the Zagreb Trade-fair, for scientific monograph "Chemical Kinetics and Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms"

Memberships

  • 1975-83 Collaborating Member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts
  • 1983-91 Associate Member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts
  • 1991 Full Member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts
  • Member:
    Croatian Chemical Society (President, 1966-68),
    The Chemical Society (London),
    The Royal Society of Chemistry (Title: MRSC),
    The American Chemical Society

Research Interest

Inorganic and partly organic reaction mechanisms, complex chemistry (metalloporphyrins, metallocenes and metallocyanides). Primary and secondary kinetic isotope effects in the study of reaction mechanisms.

Publications

A total of about 100 publications, including research papers, review articles, chapters in chemical monographs and two monographs on chemical dynamics:

  1. Smiljko Asperger, "Kemijska kinetika i anorganski reakcijski mehanizmi" ("Chemical Kinetics and Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms"), First Edition, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Zagreb 1999, 352 pages; UDK 541.12; ISBN 953-154-380-1.
  2. Smiljko Ašperger, “Chemical Kinetics and Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms”, Second Revised Edition, Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers, New York, Boston, Dordrecht, London, Moscow, 2003, pages 261.

date: 07/24/08

 

 

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