Malcolm H. Chisholm

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Malcolm H. Chisholm

Chisholm in October 2009
Malcolm Harold Chisholm

(1945-10-15)15 October 1945
Died20 November 2015(2015-11-20) (aged 70)
EducationQueen Mary College
Known forOrganometallic complexes with metal-metal bonds
Scientific career
FieldsInorganic Chemistry
Doctoral advisorDonald Charlton Bradley
Other academic advisorsHoward Charles Clark

Malcolm Harold Chisholm FRS FRSE (15 October 1945 – 20 November 2015) was a Mumbai-born Scottish inorganic chemist, a Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Distinguished University Professor of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at Ohio State University[1] who contributed to the synthesis and structural chemistry of transition metal complexes.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Malcolm Harold Chisholm was born to Scottish parents on 15 October 1945 in Bombay, British India. Six months after his birth, Chisholm moved with his parents back to family's home of Inverness, Scotland. At the age of 3, his family moved again to southern England where he obtained his early education. He later went to Queen Mary College and received a BSc in 1966 and a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry in 1969 while working under the direction of Donald C. Bradley.


After receiving his PhD, Chisholm went to the University of Western Ontario to work as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Howard Charles Clark from 1969 to 1972.[3][4]

He held faculty positions at Princeton University, Indiana University, and Ohio State University. He achieved recognition for developing the chemistry of alkoxy- and amido-supported complexes of dimolybdenum and ditungsten, illustrated by Mo2(NMe2)6.[5]


Chisholm received several awards and honors, among them:

He was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society in 1990,[6] a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2005,[7] a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2005[2] and a member of the Leopoldina in 2004.[8]


  1. ^ "In Memoriam: Chemistry Professor Malcolm H. Chisholm". Ohio State University. 23 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b Davis, Tinsley H. (26 June 2007). "Profile of Malcolm H. Chisholm". PNAS. 104 (26): 10759–10761. doi:10.1073/pnas.0701259104. PMC 1904150. PMID 17581880.
  3. ^ Puddephatt, Richard J. (7 December 2016). "Malcolm Harold Chisholm. 15 October 1945 – 20 November 2015". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 63: 117–136. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2016.0025.
  4. ^ Murillo, Carlos A. "Malcolm H. Chisholm (1945–2015) passed away on 20 November 2015". Inorganica Chimica Acta.
  5. ^ Chisholm, Malcolm H.; Cotton, F. Albert; Frenz, B. A.; Reichert, W. W.; Shive, L. W.; Stults, B. Ray (1976). "The molybdenum-molybdenum triple bond. 1. Hexakis(dimethylamido)dimolybdenum and Some Homologs: Preparation, Structure, and Properties". J. Am. Chem. Soc. 98 (15): 4469–4476. doi:10.1021/ja00431a024.
  6. ^ "Fellows Directory: Malcolm Chisholm". The Royal Society.
  7. ^ "Professor Malcolm Harold Chisholm FRS CorrFRSE". The Royal Society of Edinburgh.
  8. ^ "Neugewählte Mitglieder 2004" [newly elected members 2004] (PDF). Leopoldina: Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher (in German). 2005. p. 18.