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Gilbert Stork: Organic Chemist and Teacher (1921–2017)


Professor Gilbert Stork, the organic chemist and teacher par excellence, passed away on 21 October 2017. His departure marked the end of a hallowed era of classical organic synthesis. His extraordinary scholarship in organic chemistry, originality, and human qualities such as humility, kindness, warmth and concern for students, and humanity in general, sets him a class apart.

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Correspondence to Vijay Nair.

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Vijay Nair is Honorary Scientist and Raja Ramanna Fellow (DST) at CSIR-National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Trivandrum. He was formerly the Director of Regional Research Laboratory, Trivandrum. His group works on major areas of organic synthesis viz., cycloadditions of o-quinones, C–C bond forming reactions by oxidatively generated radicals, asymmetric synthesis using chiral auxiliaries, heterocyclic synthesis using novel multicomponent reactions and organocatalysis.

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Nair, V. Gilbert Stork: Organic Chemist and Teacher (1921–2017). Reson 23, 1327–1332 (2018).

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