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Robert Burns WOODWARD

American Robert Burns WOODWARD

American organic chemist, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1965

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Born: on April 10, 1917 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Died: on July 08, 1979 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA


Woodward was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Margaret (née Burns, an immigrant from Scotland) and Arthur Chester Woodward, son of Roxbury, Mass. apothecary, Harlow Elliot Woodward. When Robert was one year old, his father died in the flu pandemic of 1918.

From a very early age, Woodward was attracted to and engaged in private study of chemistry while he attended the public primary and secondary schools of Quincy, Massachusetts. By the time he entered high school, he had already managed to perform most of the experiments in Ludwig Gattermann's then widely used textbook of experimental organic chemistry. In 1928, Woodward contacted the Consul-General of the German consulate in Boston, and through him, managed to obtain copies of a few original papers published in German journals.

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