Robert Robinson: Chemist Extraordinary

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byTrevor I. Williams

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Sir Robert Robinson was among the last of the great organic chemists in the classical tradition, achieving brilliant results with extremely simple apparatus. In this area he may be compared with Ernest Rutherford and his colleagues at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, who revolutionizedatomic physics with equipment based on `string and sealing wax'. This biography examines Robinson's long and distinguished career, from his academic achievements to his work in the chemical industry, and illustrates his complex personality.

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Sir Robert Robinson was among the last of the great organic chemists in the classical tradition, achieving brilliant results with extremely simple apparatus. In this area he may be compared with Ernest Rutherford and his colleagues at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, who revolutionizedatomic physics with equipment based on `string ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:214 pagesPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198581807

ISBN - 13:9780198581802

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'the volume gives a valuable and very fair account of Robert Robinson Dr. Williams has clearly put a great deal of work into collecting and sifting material from both professional and family sources and has produced an informative and well-balanced account of the life and work of anextraordinarily complex yet extremely human scientist ... this is a comprehensive, well-written biography of a great scientist, and it will be a standard work of reference for any student of the rise of organic chemistry in the twentieth century and the imprint of Robert Robinson upon it.'Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl.30 (1991) No.8