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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 328,048 page views. His biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 56 in 2019). Robert Burns Woodward is the 127th most popular chemist (up from 132nd in 2019), the 963rd most popular biography from United States (down from 835th in 2019) and the 18th 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

Among chemists, Robert Burns Woodward ranks 127 out of 510Before him are James B. Sumner, Avram Hershko, Harry Kroto, Gerhard Ertl, Wallace Carothers, and William Hyde Wollaston. After him are Sune Bergström, Vincent du Vigneaud, John Macleod, Christian B. Anfinsen, Lars Onsager, and George Andrew Olah.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1917, Robert Burns Woodward ranks 41Before him are Manolete, Kiro Gligorov, Bourvil, Jack Kirby, James Rainwater, and Joan Clarke. After him are Danielle Darrieux, Algirdas Julien Greimas, Thelonious Monk, Violeta Parra, Maurice Duverger, and Dinu Lipatti. Among people deceased in 1979, Robert Burns Woodward ranks 34Before him are Wilhelm Bittrich, Sonia Delaunay, Bertil Ohlin, Werner Forssmann, Mary Pickford, and Jean Seberg. After him are Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Peggy Guggenheim, Edvard Kardelj, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, Karl Wilhelm Reinmuth, and Feodor Lynen.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Robert Burns Woodward ranks 963 out of 15,968Before him are Richard Rorty (1931), Jean Seberg (1938), Robin Cook (1940), Wallace Carothers (1896), Herbert Spencer Gasser (1888), and Robert Hofstadter (1915). After him are Forest Whitaker (1961), John McCarthy (1927), Vincent du Vigneaud (1901), Frederick Reines (1918), Sugar Ray Robinson (1921), and James Avery (1945).

Among CHEMISTS In United States

Among chemists born in United States, Robert Burns Woodward ranks 18Before him are Gilbert N. Lewis (1875), Marshall Warren Nirenberg (1927), Willard Libby (1908), Glenn T. Seaborg (1912), James B. Sumner (1887), and Wallace Carothers (1896). After him are Vincent du Vigneaud (1901), Christian B. Anfinsen (1916), Stanley B. Prusiner (1942), Edward Adelbert Doisy (1893), Stanley Miller (1930), and Robert S. Mulliken (1896).