Volume 95 Issue 11 | p. 6 | News of The Week
Issue Date: March 13, 2017 | Web Date: March 9, 2017

George Olah dies at age 89

Chemistry Nobel Laureate advanced carbocation chemistry and championed alternative energy technology
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Organic SCENE
Keywords: obituaries, Olah, George Olah, carbocation

George A. Olah, the Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Distinguished Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Southern California and the recipient of the 1994 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, has died. He was 89.

Olah was a towering figure, physically and scientifically, who earned international chemistry fame 40 years ago for his novel use of “magic acid,” a concoction of antimony pentafluoride and fluorosulfonic acid that is billions of times as strong as . . .

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