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We have posted a number of historical narratives about Si chemistry, both as the abstract and the paper. They were originally presented at the 34th Organosilicon Symposium held in May 2001 in White Plains, NY.

Yellow Fever: The Discovery of Germasilenes, a Personal Retrospective, Kim M. Baines      

Abstract          Paper

The Si=C Story: How It Happened, Adrian G. Brook

Abstract          Paper

Direct Synthesis of Tris(dimethylamino)silane, William B. Herdle


The Discovery of Silane Coupling Agents, Bernard Kanner

Abstract           Paper

The Discovery of Silicone Surfactants for Polyurethane Foam, Bernard Kanner

Abstract         Paper

Discovery of Methylchlorosilylene (CH3SiCl) as a Key Intermediate in the Direct Synthesis of Dimethylchlorosilane, ((CH3)2SiCl2), Kenrick M. Lewis

Abstract          Paper

The First Platinum-Catalyzed Hydrosilylation with Supported Platinum Catalysts, George H. Wagner

Abstract          Paper

The Discovery of Stable Disilenes and Silylenes, Robert West

Abstract          Paper

Discovery of Tin and Phosphorus Effects on the Direct Synthesis of Methylchlorosilanes, Larry H. Wood

Abstract          Paper


A brief history of the Silicon Symposium which Bob West wrote for the 45th Si Symposium in Lubbock may be found here.

A list of the past Si Symposia which includes the names of the Kipping Award winners may be found here.