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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 95,168 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Georg Wittig is the 178th most popular chemist (down from 150th in 2019), the 1,000th most popular biography from Germany (down from 961st in 2019) and the 37th 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 178 out of 509Before him are August Wilhelm von Hofmann, John Vane, Rodney Robert Porter, Stephanie Kwolek, Arthur Kornberg, and George Porter. After him are Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Antoine Jérôme Balard, Louis Jacques Thénard, Max Perutz, Joachim Frank, and Ei-ichi Negishi.

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Among people born in 1897, Georg Wittig ranks 50Before him are Gershom Scholem, Leonid Govorov, Vasily Sokolovsky, Emil Maurice, Herbert Gille, and Dmitry Pavlov. After him are Jiroemon Kimura, John Cockcroft, Patrick Blackett, Virginia Henderson, Humberto de Alencar Castelo Branco, and Ye Jianying. Among people deceased in 1987, Georg Wittig ranks 31Before him are Lee Marvin, Joseph Campbell, Jacques Anquetil, Jean Anouilh, Nobusuke Kishi, and Jaco Pastorius. After him are Erskine Caldwell, André Masson, Anthony de Mello, Henry Ford II, Douglas Sirk, and Didier Pironi.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Georg Wittig ranks 1,000 out of 6,142Before him are Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen (1792), Alfred Naujocks (1911), Hermann of Reichenau (1013), Emil Jellinek (1853), Max Liebermann (1847), and Johann Wilhelm, Elector Palatine (1658). After him are Erhard Heiden (1901), Günter Netzer (1944), Hedvig Elisabeth Charlotte of Holstein-Gottorp (1759), Wolfgang Overath (1943), Eugen Dühring (1833), and Frederick I, Grand Duke of Baden (1826).

Among CHEMISTS In Germany

Among chemists born in Germany, Georg Wittig ranks 37Before him are Fritz Strassmann (1902), Hennig Brand (1630), Heinrich Gustav Magnus (1802), Hans von Euler-Chelpin (1873), Robert Huber (1937), and August Wilhelm von Hofmann (1818). After him are Joachim Frank (1940), Gerhard Herzberg (1904), Johann Deisenhofer (1943), Emil Erlenmeyer (1825), Feodor Lynen (1911), and Franz Karl Achard (1753).