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Abstract Volume 9 Issue 3 (2004) pp 172-176

Robert B. Woodward: Organic Synthesizer par excellence—On the 25th Anniversary of His Death

George B. Kauffman*

Department of Chemistry, California State University, Fresno, Fresno, CA 93740-8034,
Received May 14, 2004. Accepted May 14, 2004.

Published online: 26 May 2004

Abstract. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the death of Robert Burns Wooodward (1917–1979), who received the 1965 Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for his outstanding achievements in the art of organic synthesis,” this article reviews Woodward’s life and career and discusses his most important contributions.

Key Words: Chemistry and History; Nobel Prize; biography; organic chemistry; synthetic chemistry; organic stereochemistry; anniversaries

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Issue date: June 1, 2004

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