Prof. Dr. Helmut Sigel
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Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Helmut Sigel
Department of Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry
University of Basel
Spitalstrasse 51, CH-4056 Basel

Phone: ++41-61-267 1007 (office), ++41-61-267 1033 (Laboratory)
FAX: ++41-61-267 1017 (office)

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Helmut Sigel is Professor Emeritus (2003) of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Basel, Switzerland, where he has been Dozent since 1967. He spent the academic year 1968-1969 in the United States at Cornell University in Ithaca (N.Y.). Dr. Sigel is a member of several chemical societies and various Editorial Boards of international journals, editor - together with Astrid Sigel and Prof. Dr. Roland K. O. Sigel - of the series "Metal Ions in Biological Systems" until 2005 (volume 44) and since 2006 of the series "Metal Ions in Life Sciences" (see below). He was chairman of the programme on the Chemistry of Metals in Biological Systems of the European Science Foundation (Strasbourg) (1991-1993); during 1994-1998 he also served as a member of the Steering Committee of the mentioned programme. He was the Swiss representative in the Management Comittees of the COST D8 programme Chemistry of Metals in Medicine (1999-2001) and of the COST D20 programme Metal Compounds in the Treatment of Cancer and Viral Diseases (2000-2006). For the term 1998-2002 he was a member of the Council of the Society for Biological Inorganic Chemistry; since 1998 he is also at the International Advisory Board of the Research Center for Materials Science at Nagoya University (Japan). He was named Protagonist in Chemistry (2002) by Inorganica Chimica Acta (issue 339). Among further honors he received are the Priyadaranjan Ray Award (Indian Chemical Society, of which he is also an Honorary Fellow), the Werner Award (Swiss Chemical Society), a Doctor of Science honoris causa degree (Kalyani University, India), several Endowed Lecturerships and appointments as Visiting Professor, including at Zhongshan (Sun Yatsen) University in Guangzhou, China (1992-2000), the University of Innsbruck, Austria (2004), the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2006), and the University of Kuwait (2009). In 2014 he was elected as Honorary Member of the Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry (SBIC) and on the occasion of his 80th birthday tribute is paid to his achievements in the Special Issue 23:1 (2018) of the Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry (JBIC). His research interests within 'Bioinorganic Chemistry' focus on the stability, structure, and reactivity of simple and mixed ligand metal ion complexes of nucleotides, nucleotide analogues, amino acids, peptides, and other bio-ligands. He lectured worldwide and published about 350 articles on these and related subjects.


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The editorship of the series Metal Ions in Biological Systems (1973 - 2005) was terminated with Volume 44 (2005) and in 2006 the new series Metal Ions in Life Sciences initiated (see The first four volumes of the latter series were published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., Chichester, UK (see or,
and Volumes 5 (2009) through 9 (2011) by the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK. These latter volumes are now available at Walter de Gruyter, GmbH, Berlin, Germany (
Volumes 10 (2012) to 14 (2014) were published by Springer SBM, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, and Volumes 15 (2015) and 16 (2016) by Springer International Publishing, Cham, Switzerland.
Forthcoming volumes (from Volume 17 on) are published by Walter de Gruyter, GmbH, Berlin, Germany ( or

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last updated by Astrid Sigel on December 15, 2017