Monday, December 20, 2021

RIP Bob Grubbs

The passing of Bob Grubbs was announced on Sunday morning. From Caltech: 

Robert Grubbs, the Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry at Caltech, passed away on December 19, 2021. He was 79 years old.

Grubbs was a co-winner of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of the metathesis method in organic synthesis. Metathesis—which means "change places"—is a chemical reaction, aided by special catalysts, in which double bonds between carbon atoms are broken and remade in ways that cause specific chemical groups to change places. In this way, functional features of molecules can be selectively stripped out and replaced with groups that were previously part of another compound...

Condolences to his family, friends and coworkers. 

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looks like Blogger doesn't work with anonymous comments from Chrome browsers at the moment - works in Microsoft Edge, or from Chrome with a Blogger account - sorry! CJ 3/21/20