Gerhard L. Closs

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Gerhard Ludwig Closs (May 1, 1928 – May 24, 1992) was an American chemist specializing in physical organic chemistry,[1] member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences,[2] chairman of the chemistry department at the University of Chicago.[1] [3] Closs made seminal contributions in research of the magnetic properties of the intermediate compounds formed in chemical reactions.[1] He is also credit with a discovery that certain reactions polarize atomic nuclei.[1] The National Academies Press called him "one of the outstanding chemists of the post-World War II era".[2] He was also an early leader in the field of carbene chemistry.[2] The New York Times called him "pioneering chemist".[1]

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