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Keywords:

  • Grignard, Victor;
  • history of science;
  • hydrogenation;
  • organic chemistry;
  • Sabatier, Paul
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Looking back one hundred years: The two 1912 Nobel Laureates of Chemistry are featured within the context of the academic world in France. Grignard discovered the preparation and use of organomagnesium reagents (see scheme). Sabatier established the addition of hydrogen to unsaturated compounds in the presence of catalytic amounts of nickel.