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Prof. Dr.

Hans-Jürgen Quadbeck-Seeger

Born: 29 May 1939, Insterburg (Eastern Prussia)

"The land of Cockaigne would be hell for innovators."

Quadbeck-Seeger was inducted into the Inventors Gallery of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office for his achievements in the field of innovation-integrated environmental protection in the area of chemical product development.

Studies in chemistry and dyes research

On leaving school after the Abitur (A-levels), Quadbeck-Seeger moved from Verden to Munich to study chemistry, physics and anthropology. In 1967 he gained his doctorate, presenting a thesis from the area of organic chemistry.
In the same year he started working in the dyes laboratory of BASF and was involved in the synthesis of dye precursors. In 1969 he was appointed Head of the research group in the area of intermediates for the dye and the pharmaceutical sectors. At a very early stage his scientific work addressed problems related to genetic engineering.

Innovation-integrated environmental protection:

In addition to his research activities, he coordinated the relations of BASF with universities and scientific organisations.
As Director of the corporate main laboratory division he was responsible for the areas concerning the interaction of chemistry and biology. He filed many patent applications at the German Patent and Trade Mark Office, as inventor or co-inventor.
In 1985 he was appointed to the Board of Executive Directors of Knoll AG, a BASF subsidiary in Ludwigshafen. In 1989 he returned to BASF as Research Director and member of the Board.
The university of Heidelberg appointed Quadbeck-Seeger honorary professor of industrial chemistry in 1985.
As a member of several commissions, associations and societies he advocated the improvement of the innovatory climate in Germany and, at the same time, the strengthening of the sense of responsibility.
In 1994, he became President of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (German Chemical Society). The society adopted a code of conduct at his initiative, which was included in the statutes.

Code of conduct of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh)

'The GDCh commits itself and its members to advocate freedom, tolerance and truth in science, and to specifically maintain and further the reputation of chemistry and chemical knowledge and skills. All GDCh members acknowledge that, being scientists, they have a particular responsibility regarding the effects of their professional activities on humanity and nature. The GDCh and its members support and promote a sustainable and lasting development of society, the economy and the environment. They are always aware of their responsibility towards future generations. They respect the laws and international conventions applicable to their work and its effects and object to the misuse of chemistry, eg. for producing chemical weapons and narcotics. They are committed to truth when gaining, applying and disseminating chemical knowledge and do not use improper methods. Members violating these principles damage the reputation of science and of the profession. They may be excluded from the GDCh.'

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Patent document DE-2538254C2

"Verfahren zur Herstellung von Cyanacetamiden"

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