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Robert Burns Woodward

1917 - 1979

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Robert Burns Woodward (April 10, 1917 – July 8, 1979) was an American organic chemist. He is considered by many to be the most preeminent synthetic organic chemist of the twentieth century, having made many key contributions to the subject, especially in the synthesis of complex natural products and the determination of their molecular structure. He also worked closely with Roald Hoffmann on theoretical studies of chemical reactions. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert Burns Woodward has received more than 371,699 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 60 in 2019). Robert Burns Woodward is the 130th most popular chemist (down from 127th in 2019), the 903rd most popular biography from United States (up from 962nd in 2019) and the 21st most popular American Chemist.

Robert Burns Woodward (1917-1979) was an American organic chemist who was the first to synthesize the anti-malarial drug quinine in 1955.

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Among chemists, Robert Burns Woodward ranks 130 out of 509Before him are Georg Ernst Stahl, Johan Gadolin, Glenn T. Seaborg, Joachim Sauer, Jean-Marie Lehn, and Dan Shechtman. After him are Ernst Chain, Ernst Otto Fischer, Christian B. Anfinsen, Louis Nicolas Vauquelin, Arthur Harden, and William Giauque.

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Among people born in 1917, Robert Burns Woodward ranks 38Before him are Dizzy Gillespie, Algirdas Julien Greimas, Danielle Darrieux, John Lee Hooker, Thelonious Monk, and Edward Norton Lorenz. After him are Barry Nelson, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Kiro Gligorov, Fernando Rey, Herbert A. Hauptman, and Mel Ferrer. Among people deceased in 1979, Robert Burns Woodward ranks 29Before him are Werner Forssmann, Sid Vicious, Reinhard Gehlen, Bertil Ohlin, Wilhelm Bittrich, and Rachele Mussolini. After him are Ernst Chain, Agostinho Neto, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Francisco Macías Nguema, Shin'ichirō Tomonaga, and Peggy Guggenheim.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Robert Burns Woodward ranks 903 out of 18,182Before him are Steve Carell (1962), Anne Bancroft (1931), Kevin Bacon (1958), Sherwood Anderson (1876), Roger Wolcott Sperry (1913), and Billy Bob Thornton (1955). After him are Barbara Stanwyck (1907), Tom Waits (1949), Willis Lamb (1913), James Tobin (1918), John Jacob Astor IV (1864), and Barry Nelson (1917).

Among CHEMISTS In United States

Among chemists born in United States, Robert Burns Woodward ranks 21Before him are Willard Libby (1908), James B. Sumner (1887), Wendell Meredith Stanley (1904), Stanford Moore (1913), William Howard Stein (1911), and Glenn T. Seaborg (1912). After him are Christian B. Anfinsen (1916), Paul Berg (1926), Robert W. Holley (1922), Robert F. Furchgott (1916), Jerome Karle (1918), and Paul Lauterbur (1929).