A life of magic chemistry: autobiographical reflections of a by George A. Olah

By George A. Olah

The interesting autobiographical reflections of Nobel Prize winner George Olah How did a tender guy who grew up in Hungary among the 2 international Wars cross from cleansing rubble and relocating pianos on the finish of worldwide warfare II within the Budapest Opera condo to profitable the Nobel Prize in Chemistry? George Olah takes us on a outstanding trip from Budapest to Cleveland to Los Angeles-with a stopover in Stockholm, after all. An leading edge scientist, George Olah is actually different, whose extraordinary examine into tremendous powerful acids and their new chemistry yielded what's now generally called superacidic "magic acid chemistry. a lifetime of Magic Chemistry is an intimate examine the numerous trips that George Olah has traveled-from his early learn and educating in Hungary, to his circulation to North the United States the place, in the course of his years in undefined, he persevered his examine of the elusive cations of carbon, to his go back to academia in Cleveland, and, ultimately, his movement to la, the place he outfitted the Loker Hydrocarbon study Institute to discover new suggestions to the grave challenge of the world's diminishing usual oil and fuel assets and to mitigate worldwide warming by means of recycling carbon dioxide into hydrocarbon fuels and items. Professor Olah invitations the reader to benefit from the tale of his extraordinary path-marked via labor, mind's eye, and endless quests for discovery-which ultimately resulted in the Nobel Prize. Intertwining his study and educating with a different own writing kind really makes a lifetime of Magic Chemistry a fascinating learn. His autobiography not just touches on his exhilarating lifestyles and pursuit for brand new chemistry but in addition displays at the broader that means ofscience in our perpetual look for realizing and data.

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I met Judy Lengyel, a shy girl not much interested in boys, in 1943 during a vacation at a summer resort not far from Budapest. I was 16, and she was 14. Little did I realize at the time that this would become the most significant and happiest event of my life. Although fairytale things are not supposed to happen in real life, we were married six years later and celebrated our golden wedding anniversary in 1999. If anybody was blessed with a happy marriage and life partnership, I am, there are no words that can express it adequately.

We started with a class of about 80, but the number was rapidly pared down during the first year to half by rather demanding ‘‘do or die’’ examinations (including comprehensive oral examinations). Those who failed could not continue. This was a rather harsh 48 ࡗ A L I F E O F M A G I C C H E M I S T RY process, but laboratory facilities were so limited that only a few could be accommodated. The laboratory training was thorough. For example, in the organic laboratory we did some 40 synthetic preparations (based on Gatterman’s book).

My father, Gyula Olah, was a lawyer. My mother, Magda Krasznai, came from a family in the southern part of the country and fled to the capital, Budapest, at the end of World War I, when it became part of Yugoslavia. Growing up in Budapest between the two World Wars in a middleclass family provided a rather pleasant childhood. Budapest was and still is a beautiful city. It is the only major city on the Danube through which the river flows through its middle in its true majesty. You can be in Vienna without necessarily realizing that it is also located on the Danube, as the river flows only through the outskirts.

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