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Abstract Volume 12 Issue 5 (2007) pp 362-369

Prophet of Solar Energy: A Retrospective View of Giacomo Luigi Ciamician (1857–1922), the Founder of Green Chemistry, on the 150th Anniversary of His Birth

Giorgio Nebbia and George B. Kauffman*

Professor Emeritus of Merceology, Università di Bari, Italy,, *Department of Chemistry, California State University, Fresno, Fresno, CA 93740-8034,

Published online: 1 October 2007

Abstract. On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Giacomo Luigi Ciamician (1857–1922) this article summarizes the life and career of this Italian-Armenian founder of green chemistry with emphasis on his work on pyrroles, plant chemistry, photochemistry, solar energy, the environment, and politics.

Key Words: Chemistry and History; biography

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Issue date: October 1, 2007

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