Lewis Hastings Sarett
|Lewis Hastings Sarett|
|Born||December 22, 1917
|Died||November 29, 1999 (81)
|Spouse(s)||Mary Adams Barrie (m. March 1, 1944 - div.June 28, 1969)
|Children||Mary Nicole and Katharine Wendy (1st wife)
Will H. and Renee M. (2nd wife)
Lewis Hastings Sarett (December 22, 1917 – November 29, 1999) was an American organic chemist.
He was born in Champaign, Illinois. He lived in Laona, Wisconsin for a time. Attended high school in Highland Park, Illinois . He received a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University in 1939 (Phi Beta Kappa) and his doctorate from Princeton University. He was inducted in the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1980, the same year he was awarded the IRI Medal from the Industrial Research Institute for his contributions to technology leadership. He worked for Merck & Co. for 38 years retiring in 1982. He invented a Process of Treating Pregnene Compounds Cortisone, Patent Number 2,462,133.
Named after him is the Sarett Oxidation which is the oxidation of an alcohol to a ketone or an aldehyde using chromic oxide and pyridine. Primary alcohols will be oxidised to aldehydes and not carboxylic acids.
- Lewis Hastings Sarett December 22, 1917–November 29, 1999 By Arthur A. Patchett
- Inventors hall of fame
- New York Times Obituary, December 27, 1999.
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