(February 14, 1917 – October 23, 2011) was an American mathematician and Nobel laureate. He pioneered and developed a mathematical method that has changed the whole field of chemistry and opened a new era in research in determination of molecular structures of crystallized materials. Today, Hauptman's direct methods, which he has continued to improve and refine, are routinely used to solve complicated structures. It was the application of this mathematical method to a wide variety of chemical structures that led the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences to name Hauptman and Jerome Karle recipients of the 1985 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
27.10.2011 [Telegraph.co.uk] - Herbert Aaron Hauptman was born on February 14 1917 in the Bronx and attended Townsend Harris Hall. After taking a degree in Mathematics at New York's City College, he went on to take a master's from Columbia in 1939. He served in the US Navy during