Famous Organic Chemists - List of Famous Organic Chemists - page 3

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’
Wallace Carothers

Wallace Carothers

Wallace Hume Carothers was an American chemist who invented nylon and neoprene

AmericanApril 27, 1896110 views

Otto Wallach

Otto Wallach was a German chemist who won the 1910 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his work on alicyclic compounds

GermanMarch 27, 1847114 views

Adolf von Baeyer

Adolf von Baeyer was a well-known German chemist who synthesized indigo

GermanOctober 31, 1835158 views

Paul Sabatier

Paul Sabatier was a French organic chemist known for his research works in catalytic organic synthesis

FrenchNovember 5, 1854112 views

Dmitri Mendeleev

Dmitri Mendeleev was a Russian chemist who is best known for his discovery of the periodic law

RussianFebruary 8, 1834247 views

Hermann Emil Fischer

Emil Fischer was a Nobel Prize winning chemist from Germany who is known for inventing the ‘Fischer Projection’ method

GermanOctober 9, 1852237 views

Vladimir Prelog

Vladimir Prelog was a famous Zürich-based chemist, who won the ‘Nobel Prize’ for his work on stereochemistry

SwissJuly 23, 1906149 views

Chaim Weizmann

The famous scientist is known for his discovery of the industrial fermentation

BritishNovember 27, 1874155 views

John Cornforth

John Warcup Cornforth was an Australian-British chemist who won the 1975 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Aleksandr Borodin

Aleksandr Borodin was a prodigal Russian music composer and scientist

RussianNovember 12, 1833231 views