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A German chemist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1979 for his discovery of the Wittig reaction. He became the head of the organic chemistry department at the University of Heidelberg in 1956.
BEFORE FAME He fought for Germany in World War I and was an English prisoner of war from 1918 to 1919.
TRIVIA He created a method for synthesis of alkenes from aldehydes and ketones using compounds called phosphonium ylides.
PERSONAL LIFE & LEGACY His father was professor at the applied arts high school in Kassel.
ASSOCIATED WITH He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry four years after Vladimir Prelog.
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