My 132 semesters of chemistry studies: Studium chymiae nec nisi cum morte finitur (Profiles, pathways, and dreams)

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This volume is an autobiography of Vladimir Prelog, eminent chemist and 1975 Nobel Laureate. After a long and rewarding career as lecturer and researcher, Prelog remains active in Zurich academic life. Known for his charm and wit, he relates his life and work in natural products chemistry and in conformational analysis and stereochemistry. Together with Cahn and Ingold, Prelog developed the R,S nomenclature for organic configuration.

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"Prelog, another Nobel laureate, called his profile 'My 132 semesters of chemistry studies', a modest title indeed for his great contribution. He did not enjoy administrative work--'that type of decision making needs a desire for power I totally lack'. However, he was elected to the governing board of Ciba and he remained a member of the Ciba-Geigy board for 18 years. 'I gained a deep insight', he comments, and mentions one other member, Carl J. Burckhardt, the great Swiss historian, writer and statesman who had been the United Nations' High Commissioner in Danzig before World War II. As Prelog knew all the great chemists of his day personally, there are many anecdotes in his autobiography."--Interdisciplinary Science Reviews


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