Geoffrey Wilkinson, British chemist

Geoffrey Wilkinson, British chemist

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Caption: Geoffrey Wilkinson (1921-1996), British chemist. Wilkinson won the Nobel prize in chemistry in 1973 with Ernst Otto Fischer for their independent work on the chemistry of sandwich compounds. Sandwich compounds contain a metal atom between two aromatic hydrocarbon units. The most famous is the Wilkinson compound which is used in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals. Photographed at Imperial College, London, UK in 1989.

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