Georg Wittig

1897 - 1987

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Georg Wittig (German: [ˈɡeː.ɔʁk ˈvɪ.tɪç] (listen); 16 June 1897 – 26 August 1987) was a German chemist who reported a method for synthesis of alkenes from aldehydes and ketones using compounds called phosphonium ylides in the Wittig reaction. He shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Herbert C. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Georg Wittig has received more than 79,386 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia. Georg Wittig is the 150th most popular chemist (down from 146th in 2019), the 961st most popular biography from Germany (down from 730th in 2019) and the 33rd most popular German Chemist.

Georg Wittig is most famous for his discovery of the Wittig reaction, which is a chemical reaction that converts an aldehyde or ketone into an alkene.

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Among chemists, Georg Wittig ranks 150 out of 510Before him are Akira Suzuki, John Newlands, Cyril Norman Hinshelwood, Stanley Miller, Robert S. Mulliken, and William Howard Stein. After him are August Wilhelm von Hofmann, Joachim Frank, Robert F. Furchgott, Leo Baekeland, William C. Campbell, and Heinrich Gustav Magnus.

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Among people born in 1897, Georg Wittig ranks 49Before him are John Franklin Enders, Joseph Berchtold, Cyril Norman Hinshelwood, Humberto de Alencar Castelo Branco, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and Patrick Blackett. After him are Plaek Phibunsongkhram, Leonid Govorov, Virginia Henderson, Dmitry Pavlov, Tarjei Vesaas, and Jiroemon Kimura. Among people deceased in 1987, Georg Wittig ranks 30Before him are Lee Marvin, Joseph Campbell, Jacqueline du Pré, Jean Anouilh, William P. Murphy, and Anthony de Mello. After him are Nobusuke Kishi, James Baldwin, Peter Tosh, Yasuo Haruyama, André Masson, and Jaco Pastorius.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Georg Wittig ranks 961 out of 5,289Before him are Paul Johann Anselm Ritter von Feuerbach (1775), Ernst Barlach (1870), Bernd Schuster (1959), Stefan Lochner (1410), Helmut Rahn (1929), and Klaus Fuchs (1911). After him are August Wilhelm von Hofmann (1818), Joachim Frank (1940), Henry II, Duke of Austria (1107), Mary Wigman (1886), Ernst Hanfstaengl (1887), and Johannes Valentinus Andreae (1586).

Among CHEMISTS In Germany

Among chemists born in Germany, Georg Wittig ranks 33Before him are Georg Ernst Stahl (1659), Hennig Brand (1630), Ernst Otto Fischer (1918), Gerhard Ertl (1936), Manfred Eigen (1927), and Fritz Strassmann (1902). After him are August Wilhelm von Hofmann (1818), Joachim Frank (1940), Heinrich Gustav Magnus (1802), Feodor Lynen (1911), Robert Huber (1937), and Gerhard Herzberg (1904).