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Karl Anker Jørgensen

Karl Anker Jørgensen was born in 1955 in Aarhus, Denmark, and obtained his Ph.D. from Aarhus University in 1984. In 1985, he joined Nobel Laureate Professor Roald Hoffmann's group at Cornell University, USA in a fruitful postdoctoral position. During this time, Karl Anker Jørgensen and Roald Hoffmann published a series of articles which founded the understanding of fundamental oxidation reactions catalyzed by metal complexes and surfaces, based on theoretical calculations. In 1989 Karl Anker Jørgensen became Dr. Scient.

Karl Anker Jørgensen joined the Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University in 1985 as an assistant professor and was appointed Full Professor in 1992.

In the early 1990s, Karl Anker Jørgensen turned his research activities to asymmetric catalysis focusing on chiral Lewis acid catalysis. A grant from the Danish National Research Foundation in 1997 made it possible to establish the centre of excellence "Center for Catalysis" with an international research environment. During the 1990s the center developed a number of new metal catalyzed reactions, which have received considerable international interest.

In 2001, Karl Anker Jørgensen's research interests changed to organocatalysis and since then he has made a strong international fingerprint to this highly competitive research field.

Karl Anker Jørgensen has received numerous awards and honorary appointments, and is member of The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences, Academy of Technical Sciences, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.