Famous Organic Chemists - List of Famous Organic Chemists - page 2

Organic chemists analyze the chemical properties and structure of organic compounds and organic materials. Organic compounds are structurally diverse compounds that contain carbon atoms. As a field of chemistry, organic chemistry involves the study of the physical as well as the chemical properties of organic compounds through spectroscopy and other methods to determine the chemical composition and constitution of such materials. Organic chemists work in a number of fields as organic compounds are present in almost all materials known to mankind such as food additives, paints, drugs, petrochemicals, plastics, explosives, etc. They also work in research and hold teaching jobs in academics. Researchers in this field basically work in the laboratory where they analyze compounds and their reactivity, and develop new compounds with the help of computers with sophisticated modeling and simulation software. Organic chemists form the foundation of the pharmaceutical industry and play a significant role in the development of new medicines to treat various diseases. They facilitate the rise in standards of living as their research is instrumental for the development of practically all industries in the business world. What follows is a collection of the biographies, timelines, trivia and other information about the professional and personal lives of some of the world’s most famous organic chemists.

The Most Famous Organic Chemists

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Dmitri MendeleevFebruary 8, 1834RussianDmitri Mendeleev was a Russian chemist who is best known for his discovery of the periodic law
Hermann Emil FischerOctober 9, 1852GermanEmil Fischer was a Nobel Prize winning chemist from Germany who is known for inventing the ‘Fischer Projection’ method
Aleksandr BorodinNovember 12, 1833RussianAleksandr Borodin was a prodigal Russian music composer and scientist
John CornforthSeptember 7, 1917Australian, BritishJohn Warcup Cornforth was an Australian-British chemist who won the 1975 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Adolf von BaeyerOctober 31, 1835GermanAdolf von Baeyer was a well-known German chemist who synthesized indigo
Chaim WeizmannNovember 27, 1874BritishThe famous scientist is known for his discovery of the industrial fermentation
Vladimir PrelogJuly 23, 1906SwissVladimir Prelog was a famous Zürich-based chemist, who won the ‘Nobel Prize’ for his work on stereochemistry
Herbert C. BrownMay 22, 1912AmericanHerbert C
Elias James CoreyJuly 12, 1928AmericanElias James Corey is a distinguished American organic chemist who was awarded the ‘Nobel Prize in Chemistry’ in 1990.
Victor GrignardMay 6, 1871FrenchFrançois Auguste Victor Grignard was a French chemist who developed the synthetic reaction, the ‘Grignard reaction’
Hermann Staudinger

Hermann Staudinger

Hermann Staudinger was a German chemist who was awarded the ‘Nobel Prize in Chemistry’ in 1953

GermanMarch 23, 1881106 views

Tadeusz Reichstein

Tadeusz Reichstein was a Polish born Swiss chemist known for his discoveries concerning hormones of the adrenal cortex

PolishJuly 20, 1897109 views

Paul Karrer

Paul Karrer was a Swiss Organic Chemist who synthesized various Vitamins and derived their structural formulas

SwissApril 21, 1889109 views

Kurt Alder

Kurt Alder was a German chemist who received the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1950

GermanJuly 10, 190288 views

Otto Diels

Otto Diels or Otto Paul Herman Diels was a German scientist who received the Nobel Prize in chemistry

GermanJanuary 23, 187674 views

Robert Robinson

Sir Robert Robinson was a British scientist who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Norman Haworth

Sir Norman Haworth was a British Chemist who received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1937

BritishMarch 19, 1883119 views

Hans Fischer

Hans Fischer was a famous German organic chemist

GermanJuly 27, 188199 views

Heinrich Otto Wieland

Heinrich Otto Wieland was an eminent German scientist who won the 1927 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his investigations of the constitution of the bile acids

GermanJune 4, 1877106 views

Victor Grignard

François Auguste Victor Grignard was a French chemist who developed the synthetic reaction, the ‘Grignard reaction’

FrenchMay 6, 1871123 views