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Georg Wittig Ph.D.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1979
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Organic Chemist. Development of use of phosphorus into important reagents in organic synthesis. Wittig reaction. Mentored 300 graduate students, post-docs; provided close supervision for crucial experiments.

"Chemical research and mountaineering similar. To reach goal/summit, initiative, perseverance required. After hard work, great joy to be at goal/peak with its splendid panorama…"

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Georg Wittig had an interest in Fine Arts. He stated humorously in his Nobel Lecture that "the excursion from diyls to ylides now ends at my idyll. With this I mean the conclusion of my research work as an emeritus, which allowed me to continue my work as a chemist free from the obligations of a teacher and finally to devote myself completely to my intere

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Name: Georg Wittig
Birth: 16 June 1897, Berlin, Germany
Death: 26 August 1987, Heidelberg, West Germany (now Germany)
Institution:University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Federal Republic of Germany
Award: "for their development of the use of boron- and phosphorus-containing compounds, respectively, into important reagents in organic synthesis"
Subject: Organic chemistry
Portion of cash: 1/2
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