Georg Wittig (Chemist) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

Georg Wittig

Georg Wittig was a German chemist who reported a method for synthesis of alkenes from aldehydes and ketones using compounds called phosphonium ylides in the Wittig reaction. He shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Herbert C. Brown in 1979.

Born: June 16, 1897, Berlin, German Empire
Died: August 26, 1987, Heidelberg, West Germany
Nationality: German
Fields: Chemistry
Institutions: University of Marburg, TU Braunschweig, University of Freiburg, University of Tübingen, University of Heidelberg
Alma mater: University of Marburg
Doctoral students: Werner Tochtermann, Ulrich Schöllkopf
Known for: Wittig reaction, 1,2-Wittig rearrangement, 2,3-Wittig rearrangement, Potassium tetraphenylborate
Notable awards: Otto Hahn Prize for Chemistry and Physics (1967), Paul Karrer Gold Medal (1972), Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1979)

About Georg Wittig

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.


He created a method for synthesis of alkenes from aldehydes and ketones using compounds called phosphonium ylides.

Family Life

His father was professor at the applied arts high school in Kassel.


He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry four years after Vladimir Prelog.

Information related to Georg Wittig

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  • University of Tübingen faculty
  • Grand Crosses with Star and Sash of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • University of Tübingen alumni

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