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Elias J(ames) Corey - Major contributions, Praise, Graduate student death, Woodward-Hoffmann rules


Molecular chemist, born in Methuen, Massachusetts, USA. He joined the University of Illinois (1951–9), then moved to Harvard. He is known for the technique of retrosynthetic analysis, used in synthesizing complex pharmaceuticals, in which a chemist plans the molecule to be synthesized and studies its theoretical structure. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1990.

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