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Robert Burns Woodward

(1917—1979) American organic chemist


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(1917–79)

US organic chemist who worked at Harvard. He is remembered for his work in organic synthesis, producing many organic compounds including quinine, cholesterol, cortisone, lysergic acid, strychnine, chlorophyll, and vitamin B12. In 1965 he formulated the Woodward-Hoffmann rules for certain types of addition reactions. Woodward was awarded the 1965 Nobel Prize for chemistry.

Subjects: Chemistry.


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