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Georg Wittig (June 16, 1897 in Berlin (Germany) - August 26, 1987) was a german chemist who reported a method for synthesis of alkenes from aldehydes and ketones using compounds called phosphonium ylides. He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1979.


CH3C(-)H-P-Ph3 + PhCHO → PhCH=CHCH3 + Ph3PO

 Yllide Aldehyde Alkene 

Wittig's contributions also include the preparation of phenyllithium and the discovery of the [1,2] and the [2,3] Wittig Rearrangements.


Wittig was well known in the chemistry community for being a consummate experimentalist and observer of chemical transformations, while caring very little for the theoretical and mechanistic underpinnings of the work he produced.


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Georg Wittig - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (183 words)
Georg Wittig (June 16, 1897 in Berlin (Germany) - August 26, 1987) was a German chemist who reported a method for synthesis of alkenes from aldehydes and ketones using compounds called phosphonium ylides in the Wittig reaction.
Wittig's contributions also include the preparation of phenyllithium and the discovery of the 1,2-Wittig rearrangement and the 2,3-Wittig rearrangement.
Wittig was well known in the chemistry community for being a consummate experimenter and observer of chemical transformations, while caring very little for the theoretical and mechanistic underpinnings of the work he produced.
BIGpedia - Georg Wittig - Encyclopedia and Dictionary Online (118 words)
Georg Wittig (June 16, 1897 in Berlin (Germany) - August 26, 1987) was a German chemist who reported a method for synthesis of alkenes from aldehydes and ketones using compounds called phosphonium ylides.
Wittig's contributions also include the preparation of phenyllithium and the discovery of the [1,2] and the [2,3] Wittig Rearrangements.
Wittig was well known in the chemistry community for being a consummate experimentalist and observer of chemical transformations, while caring very little for the theoretical and mechanistic underpinnings of the work he produced.
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