Organic Chemistry

Reactions of Organic Compounds

Who were Diels and Alder?

The Diels-Alder reaction, like many reactions in organic chemistry, is named after the chemists who discovered it—in this case Otto Paul Hermann Diels (1876–1954) and Kurt Alder (1902–1958). Kurt Alder was actually Diels’ student at the University of Kiel, and Alder was awarded a PhD in 1926. Alder and his advisor Diels jointly received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1950.


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