Wednesday, June 27, 2012

R.B. Woodward: Where's my lightning bolts?

Someone had to do it -- it might as well be me. Here is Derek Lowe's comment on the BRSM Blog article talking about a marine natural product's structure re-assignment:
Why the vengeful spirit of R. B. Woodward hasn't appeared, shooting lightning bolts and breaking Scotch bottles over people's heads, I just can't figure.
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15 comments:

  1. Woodward doesn't need any Belviq!

    http://bit.ly/Mx85VW

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    1. I now have a new decoration above my hood sash.

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  3. Subbing in the master of mass spec interpretation - http://diylol.com/meme-generator/bromine--3/memes/bromine-has-isotopes-thats-a-clown-question-bro--3

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  4. Woodward kinda looked like LBJ in that picture.

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    1. I can't figure out if RBW was too courtly to pull off some of the stunts that LBJ did.

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  5. Speaking of RBW, I am wondering if he would have even become a chemist today?

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    1. I guess he would never walk by a chemistry department.

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    2. A white male? RBW wouldn't even be able to land an interview.

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  6. Interestingly Woodward flirted with a few other creative disciplines, most notably mathematics and architecture, before committing himself to chemistry. Given the current climate it is likely he may have decided on something else.

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  7. http://diylol.com/meme-generator/spiderman--27/memes/miss-4-bromines-ill-put-the-claw-on-you

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  8. Woodward was a genius. Whatever he touched would be gold I'm sure. He probably would not be in chemistry, but in software of some sort. It is not that chemistry is any less intellectually stimulating, it is just that chemists are not appreciated in the US anymore.

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  9. http://diylol.com/meme-generator/woodward/memes/got-bromines-well-why-the-fk-not

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  10. http://diylol.com/meme-generator/futurama-fry/memes/not-sure-if-naphthalene-or-bromobenzene

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  11. I can't get rid of this image in my head: Woodward pimp-slapping a hapless natural products chemist for missing 4 bromines.

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