# Why was Nobel Prize given to Baeyer for his “faulty” Baeyer's Strain Theory? [closed]

Baeyer Strain Theory said that using the formula

$$\frac{(109^ \circ 28' - \alpha)}{2}$$, where $$\alpha$$ is the angle between 2 sides of the cycloalkane, the most stable cycloalkane could be found. Thus he proved cyclopentane to be the most stable.

But later using the value of heat evolved during combustion, cyclohexane was found to be the most stable.

Then why was the Nobel Prize given to Baeyer for a faulty theory, still resides beside his name?

For a theory which no longer could explain the maximum stability of cyclohexane?

• Are you asking why Nobel prizes aren't rescinded? Or is this a question about the theory itself? – orthocresol May 2 at 12:47
• Baeyer's Nobel was principally for his work on dyes. Windhaus received the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1928 for his work on sterols even though his proposed structure for cholesterol was shown to be incorrect a few years later. To my knowledge, the prize was not rescinded. – user55119 May 2 at 14:31
• Well, that's more of a question for the Nobel committee. Not for Stack Exchange. You can send them a message at nobelprize.org/contact – orthocresol May 2 at 14:50
• That's not a question for this community. – DIVYANSH Verma May 2 at 16:15