Woodward, Robert Burns

January 2009
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
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Woodward, Robert Burns (1917-1979) was an American chemist who won the 1965 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his work in synthetic organic chemistry. This field involves combining chemical elements and compounds to duplicate substances found in nature or to produce compounds not found in nature. Woodward developed methods for making such organic (carbon-containing) compounds as chlorophyll, cortisone, and quinine. For his contributions to the field of synthetic organic chemistry, scientists recognized him as the most accomplished scientist in that field.


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