Mega Chemist Challenge Clues Week 15

This weeks Mega Chemist died in 1987 at the age of 90 in West Germany. He was drafted into the German army during the first world war and spent a year as a British prisoner of war before he restarted his chemistry career at the University of Marburg.  He completed his PhD and his habilitation under the supervision of Karl von Auwers and subsequently had a highly successful career culminating in being awarded the Nobel Prize for his development of the use of phosphorus-containing compounds in organic synthesis. Two rearrangements bear his name.

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2 thoughts on “Mega Chemist Challenge Clues Week 15

  1. Did you know that there were two future Nobel Laureates in the von Auwers group in Marburg at that time? Besides Georg Wittig there was also Karl Ziegler. I am not sure that is the case with any other group

  2. I came across it when I was researching Wittig. Pretty amazing isn’t it; I think they both did their Phds and habilitation under his supervision! I know very little about von Auwers himself though….

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