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Artturi Ilmari Virtanen

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Birthday
15, 1895
Birthplace
Finland
Death Date
Nov 11, 1973 (78)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
15, 1895
Birthplace
Finland
Death Date
Nov 11, 1973 (78)

About

A Finnish chemist who won the 1945 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his innovation in agricultural and nutrition chemistry. He also created a method for better preserving butter and green fodder.

Before Fame

He obtained a Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 1918.

Trivia

There is both an asteroid and a lunar crater named in his honor.

Family Life

He had two sons with botanist Lilja Moisio, who he married in 1920.

Associated With

He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry the year after Otto Hahn did.