Famous American Organic Chemists

Organic chemistry is a sub-discipline of chemistry that deals with the study of the structure, properties and reactions of organic compounds and materials. Chemists in the field are involved with the study of the physical and chemical properties, their compositions and their chemical reactivity. Over the years, organic chemistry has emerged as one of the top subdivisions of chemistry with more and more scientists dedicating their life and work to this genre of the subject. It has found application in various field including food additives, pharmaceuticals, drugs, paint, plastics, explosives, petrochemicals and so on. The most important contribution by chemists in the field has been in medicine. Organic chemists play an important role in developing new medicines and antidotes for various diseases. America has given the world some of the most renowned organic chemists who through their research, investigation and development have laid a strong foundation for the subject, be it Wallace Carothers’ nylon that caused the 20th century industrial revolution or Robert Burns Woodward Nobel prize winning work on complex natural products, Charles Pederson and Donald Cram’s work on structure specific interactions of high selectivity or Herbert Brown’s contribution in organoboron or organoborane chemistry. Follow this section to find out in detail about the life, scientific career and works of famous American organic chemists.

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 1 Alexander Shulgin

Alexander Shulgin
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Famous As: Rediscoverer of MDMA
Birthdate: June 17, 1925
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States
Died: June 2, 2014

A pioneer of psychedelic drug synthesis, Alexander Shulgin came to be known as The Godfather of Ecstasy, for reinventing the drug MDMA, or ecstasy, for medical use. The Harvard drop-out, who later studied psychiatry and pharmacology, would often experiment his newly invented drugs on himself, his wife, and his friends.

 2 Robert Burns Woodward

Robert Burns Woodward
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Famous As: Organic Chemist
Birthdate: April 10, 1917
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died: July 8, 1979

 3 Charles J Pedersen

Charles J Pedersen
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Famous As: Organic Chemist
Birthdate: October 3, 1904
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Busan, South Korea
Died: October 26, 1989
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 4 William Lipscomb

William Lipscomb
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: December 9, 1919
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: April 14, 2011

 5 Donald J. Cram

Donald J. Cram
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: April 22, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chester, Vermont
Died: June 17, 2001

 6 Carl Shipp Marvel

Carl Shipp Marvel
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: September 11, 1894
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Waynesville, Illinois, United States
Died: January 4, 1988

 7 Alfred P. Wolf

Alfred P. Wolf
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: February 13, 1923
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: December 17, 1998
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