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Alexander F. von Zelewsky Edit Profile

also known as AvZ

chemist , educator , writer

Alexander F. von Zelewsky, is a Swiss chemist, educator, and writer.


Alexander Zelewsky was born on July 17, 1936 in Zurich, Switzerland, into the family of Othmar J. and Therese V. Zelewsky.


After obtaining his diploma in 1960 at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Alexander von Zelewsky did his Doctor of Philosophy under the direction of Professors Walter Schneider and Gerold Schwarzenbach on "EPR-Spektren von Komplexen des zweiwertigen Kupfers mit Pyridin und Pyridinderivaten."


In 1967, after hid studying in America, he went back to Switzerland to become lecturer at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in 1967 - 1969 and later full Professor of inorganic chemistry there until 2006. Alexander von Zelewsky was the Dean of the Faculty of Science of the University of Fribourg from 1974 to 1975 and from 2000 to 2002, the president of the Swiss Chemical Society between 1997 and 1999 and the president of the Swiss National Science Foundation (Science division) from 1984 to 1992.


  • Alexander Zelewsky is highly famous as the author of scientific books "Science et Responsibilitae: Wissenschaft und Verantwortung" and "Stereochemistry of Coordination Compounds."


  • president

    Swiss Chemical Society

  • American Chemical Society

  • Royal Society of Chemistry

  • New York Academy of Sciences


On October 4, 1960 Alexander married Hedwig L Ebner, with whom he two children: Katja Von Zelewsky Flueler and Thomas Zelewsky.

Othmar Zelewsky

Hedwig L Ebner

Katja Von Zelewsky Flueler

Thomas Zelewsky