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Georg Wittig

Wittig, Georg, 1897–1987, German chemist, Ph.D. Univ. of Marburg, 1926. During his career, Wittig was a professor at the universities of Braunschweig, Freiburg, Tübingen, and Heidelberg. He shared the 1979 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Herbert C. Brown for his discovery of a class of compounds, ylides, that substantially facilitate the synthesis of certain organic compounds.

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