75th Birthday Dalton Issue

[This text, wrtiien by Professor Todd Marder, is the preface to the special issue of Dalton Transactions put together to celebrate Ken's 75th Birthday. The articles are collected at http://pubs.rsc.org/en/journals/articlecollectionlanding?sercode=dt&themeid=b711166p-c-b716169g_theme.]

“It is a pleasure to write the preface to this 'special collection of articles' of Dalton Transactions dedicated to Ken Wade. Ken's name is, of course, familiar to every student and practicing inorganic chemist from his pioneering work concerned with the relationship between structure and electron count in polyhedral cluster systems, and indeed, his early proposals regarding what are now known generally as 'isolobal relationships'. True to the nature of the man, Ken's lectures and discussions on the subject are mostly conducted with reference to “Bloggs' Rules.” Others will perhaps be more familiar with the polyhedral skeletal electron pair theory under alternative names!

Throughout his career, Ken's contributions to main group and inorganic chemistry have extended well beyond his insights into electron-counting and bonding. He has carried out many important studies on the synthesis and structures of main group compounds. His Ph.D. research, with Norman Greenwood at Nottingham University, focussed on conductivity of molten adducts. His postdoctoral studies, carried out at Cambridge with Harry Emeléus, were on reactions of diborane, and those at Cornell with Albert Laubengayer, were on organonitrogen-aluminium chemistry. Ken became a lecturer at Durham in 1961, where he continued to be extremely active in the area of synthetic main group chemistry. He has been a key contributor to the areas of azomethine, lithium amide and organolithium chemistry, in addition to publishing seminal papers on electron-counting rules. Ken was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1989, in recognition of his contributions to chemistry and was elected President of Dalton Division of The Royal Society of Chemistry in 1996.

From a personal perspective, Ken has had a major impact on all of our lives, taking us under his wing in one role or another during the formative stages of our academic careers. Even though he formally retired 10 years ago, Ken maintains a tireless enthusiasm for chemistry, writing books and original papers, reviewing articles, attending chemistry meetings, and giving invited lectures around the world. Many chemists agreed without hesitation to contribute their work to this special collection of Dalton Transactions articles. We are delighted to pay tribute to Ken for his friendship, his role as a teacher and mentor, and his important and extensive contributions to chemistry. This collection is a token of our appreciation of a truly outstanding chemist, Professor Ken Wade, F.R.S.”

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