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Marcellin Berthelot

Marcellin Berthelot About French chemist who specialized in thermochemistry and is known for his role in developing the Thomsen-Berthelot principle. He successfully disproved the theory of vitalism, the idea that living organisms are made up of fundamentally different matter than non-living organisms. Other Informations He studied history and philosophy at university. He proved that organic …

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Jean Marie Lehn

Jean Marie Lehn About French chemist and innovator in the field of supramolecular chemistry who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1987 for his work involving the synthesizing of cryptands. He worked for many years in the Chemistry Department of the University of Strasbourg. Other Informations He learned to play the organ as a …

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Richard Schrock

Richard Schrock About American chemist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2005 for his research into the olefin metathesis reaction used in organic chemistry. He became a full professor at MIT in 1980. Other Informations He received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1971 after attaining his BA in 1967 from the University …

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Richard Heck

Richard Heck About American chemist who is best known for the discovery and development of the Heck reaction. He helped develop the mechanism of alkene hydroformylation, which is used to produce about 15 billion pounds of alcohols and aldehydes annually. Other Informations He earned his doctor of philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles …

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Roy J. Plunkett

Roy J. Plunkett About Chemist who accidentally discovered of one of the most popular materials ever used: Teflon, in 1938. For his revolutionary work he was inducted into both the Plastics Hall of Fame and the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Other Informations An early interested in chemistry led him to a Ph.D. from Ohio …

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Herbert C. Brown

Herbert C. Brown About A chemist who won the 1979 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work with organoboranes. He also discovered a method for producing sodium borohydride. Other Informations He earned a B.S. from the University of Chicago in 1936. He was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1969. He had one child …

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Homer Burton Adkins

Homer Burton Adkins About Remembered for his studies on the effects of hydrogenation upon various organic compounds, this prominent chemist is also notable for his World War II-era research involving toxic gases used in chemical warfare. Other Informations After earning his doctorate in chemistry from The Ohio State University, he worked for the United States …

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Rudolph Marcus

Rudolph Marcus About A Canadian chemist who is best known for his work involving electron transfer reactions. He beams a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1970. Other Informations He earned a Ph.D and B.S. from McGill University. He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1992. He had three children with his …

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Justus Von Liebig

Justus Von Liebig About German chemist who is widely considered the father of modern organic chemistry. His discovery of nitrogen as a primary nutrient for plant life gave birth to the fertilizer industry. Other Informations He survived the global famine caused by the volcanic winter of 1816, an experience which inspired his later research. In …

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Tracy Hall

Tracy Hall About Chemist who became the first person to grow a synthetic diamond according to a reproducible process and using a press of his own design while working at GE. The company went on to make a fortune with his synthetic diamond reproduction invention but all he got in addition to his regular salary …

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Paul Karrer

Paul Karrer About A Swiss organic chemist who studied vitamins and won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1937. He helped identify lactoflavin as part of the complex originally thought to be vitamin B2. Other Informations He obtained a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Zurich in 1911. Through his work he confirmed the …

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Lauri Vaska

Lauri Vaska About An Estonian chemist who is best known for his work in the field of organometallic chemistry. He became a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1981. Other Informations He studied at the Baltic University in Hamburg, Germany and at the Universitat Gottingen. He was given the Boris …