Kurt Alder

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Birthday
10, 1902
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Jun 19, 1958 (55)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
10, 1902
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Jun 19, 1958 (55)

About

German chemist who is most famous for his work in discovering the Diels-Alder reaction. The insecticide, Aldrin, is caused by the reaction and is named after him.

Before Fame

He lost both of his parents to the Nazi Gestapo during World War II because they were Jewish.

Trivia

He worked tirelessly on the investigations of the synthesis of organic compounds.

Family Life

He got married to Irene Hawthorne, a former prima ballerina, on March 10, 1948; then married Christiane Tocco on September 16, 1965.

Associated With

He won the Nobel Prize for chemistry, much like Linus Pauling.