The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1979
Nobel co-recipient Herbert C. Brown
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 panoramaâ€¦"
1. "Chemical research and mountaineering have much in common. If the goal or the summit is to be reached, both initiative and determination as well as perseverance are required; but after the hard work, it is a great joy to be at the goal or the peak with its splendid panorama. However, especially in chemical research - as far as new territory is concerned - the results may sometimes be quite different: they may be disappointing or delightful. Looking back at my work in scientific research, I will confine this talk to the positive results."
2. "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 interest in fine arts."
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
Honoring Georg Witting