George Andrew Olah

George Andrew Olah

Birth
Budapest, Belváros-Lipótváros, Budapest, Hungary
Death 8 Mar 2017 (aged 89)
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Kerepesdűlő, Józsefváros, Budapest, Hungary
Memorial ID 177136486 · View Source
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Nobel Prize Winning Chemist. He was the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1994 for "his contributions to carbocation chemistry". His father was an attorney, George was educated at a strict Roman Catholic institution. He studied Chemistry at the Technical University of Budapest and became fascinated with the subject of Organic Chemistry. After receiving his PhD. in Chemistry, he served as an assistant professor at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. He fled his native Hungary following the Communist uprising in 1956 and lived in London and Canada before settling in Midland, Michigan, where he found a job as a laboratory researcher with Dow Chemical. He served as a professor at Case Western Reserve University and later the University of Southern California. He served as Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Southern California from 1980 until 2008. His work which allowed for the preservation of carbocations enabled the ability to produce in mass amounts high-octane gasoline. During the course of his career, he authored numerous books which include "Carbonium Ions" (1968), Halonium Ions" (1975) and "Cage Hydrocarbons" (1990).

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