Eugene G. Rochow

Eugene George Rochow (October 4, 1909 – March 21, 2002) was an American inorganic chemist. Rochow worked on organosilicon chemistry; in the 1940s, he described the direct process, also known as the Rochow process or Müller-Rochow process.

Eugene G. Rochow
Rochow in 1965 at the ACS meeting in Detroit
Born(1909-10-04)October 4, 1909
DiedMarch 21, 2002(2002-03-21) (aged 92)
Alma materCornell University
AwardsPerkin Medal (1962)
Scientific career
FieldsInorganic chemistry

Born in Newark, New Jersey, Rochow grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey and attended Columbia High School, where teachers fostered his interest in math and chemistry.[1] He obtained both B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University in 1931 and 1935 respectively. Upon completion of his Ph.D., he began working for a General Electric subsidiary. In 1948, Rochow resigned from GE due to his Quaker beliefs.[1] He joined the faculty at Harvard University where he remained until his retirement in 1970. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1949.[2] He is known for developing, with A. Louis Allred, the Allred-Rochow electronegativity scale.[3] In 1962, he was awarded the Perkin Medal.[4] Rochow died in Fort Myers, Florida aged 92.


  1. Bohning, James J. (24 January 1995). Eugene G. Rochow, Transcripts of Interviews Conducted by James J. Bohning in Fort Myers, Florida on 24 January 1995 (PDF). Philadelphia, PA: Chemical Heritage Foundation.
  2. "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter B" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved July 26, 2011.
  3. Allred, A.L.; Rochow, E.G. (January 1958). "A scale of electronegativity based on electrostatic force". Journal of Inorganic and Nuclear Chemistry. 5 (4): 264–268. doi:10.1016/0022-1902(58)80003-2.
  4. "Past Perkin Medallists". SCI America. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
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