About the Author
Manfred Braun was born in Schwalbach near Saarlouis in 1948. From 1966 until 1971 he studied chemistry at the university (TH) of Karlsruhe, and in 1975 he completed his doctorate under D. Seebach at the Justus-Liebig university of Giessen. After his postdoctoral studies with G. Büchi at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975 and 1976 he joined H. Musso's research group at the university of Karlsruhe and completed the habilitation there in 1981. Since 1985 he has been a professor of organic chemistry at the Heinrich-Heine university in Düsseldorf. He received the Heisenberg scholarship from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the Karl Winnacker scholarship. Guest professorships led him to the Universite de Rennes, France and the University of Wisconsin in Madison, USA. His current research interests include the development of new synthetic methods, especially for asymmetric synthesis, organometallic chemistry, and syntheses of natural products, and biologically active compounds.