Georg Wittig

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Georg Wittig
Born(1897-06-16)16 June 1897
Died26 August 1987(1987-08-26) (aged 90)
Alma materUniversity of Marburg
Known forWittig reaction
1,2-Wittig rearrangement
2,3-Wittig rearrangement
Directed ortho metalation
Ate complex
Hypervalent molecule
Potassium tetraphenylborate
AwardsOtto Hahn Prize for Chemistry and Physics (1967)
Paul Karrer Gold Medal (1972)
Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1979)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Marburg
TU Braunschweig
University of Freiburg
University of Tübingen
University of Heidelberg
Doctoral advisorKarl von Auwers
Doctoral studentsWerner Tochtermann, Ulrich Schöllkopf

Georg Wittig (German: [ˈɡeː.ɔʁk ˈvɪ.tɪç] (audio speaker iconlisten); 16 June 1897 – 26 August 1987) was a German chemist. He was known for his work the synthesis of alkenes from aldehydes and ketones. It became known as the Wittig reaction. He shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Herbert C. Brown in 1979.[1]

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  1. Hoffmann, Reinhard W. (2001). "Wittig and His Accomplishments: Still Relevant Beyond His 100th Birthday". Angewandte Chemie International Edition. 40 (8): 1411–1416. doi:10.1002/1521-3773(20010417)40:8<1411::AID-ANIE1411>3.0.CO;2-U.