Paul Walden was a Latvian and his first scientific results were obtained in Riga under the supervision of a Nobel prize winner Professor Wilhelm Ostwald. In 1896 he discovered his famous rule, later called the “Walden inversion”. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Paul Walden’s birth, this date in 2013 was included in the UNESCO Celebrations Day Calendar.
As of 1988 the Riga Technical University has awarded a Paul Walden medal in Chemistry and Science History (both beloved Walden’s scientific disciplines) to Latvian chemists for their outstanding work and achievements.
In 1997 Prof. Edwin Vedejs (University of Michigan, USA) was awarded a Paul Walden medal, and this same year was the starting point for the traditional Paul Walden Symposiums.
We are looking forward to see you in the Paul Walden Symposium!