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He died on the 26th of September 1996. He first developed his interest in Chemistry through his Uncle who owned a small chemical company making Epsom and Glauber’s salts for the pharmaceutical industry. 1941 at Springside. . He was brought up in a simple working class family. Todmorden. He was a Nobel laureate English chemist who pioneered inorganic chemistry and homogenous transition metal catalysis.     Born on the 14th of July. Yorkshire.

mostly on nuclear taxonomy. from where he graduated in 1941. In 1942 he was recruited by a professor for a nuclear energy project where he was then sent out to Canada until 1946. He worked for the next four years at the University of California. . In 1939 he obtained a Royal Scholarship for study at Imperial College London.    Geoffrey was educated at the local primary school and after winning a County Scholarship in 1932. Berkeley. went to Todmorden Secondary School.

At Harvard he began to work on olefin complexes.He then became a Researcher at MIT where he studied transition metal complexes of ligands such as carbon monoxide and olefins.  .  In June 1955 he was appointed to the chair of Inorganic Chemistry at Imperial College London.  He was then at Harvard University from 1951 until 1955 when he returned to England.

 He is well known for his invention of Wilkinson’s catalyst RhCl(PPh3)3 and for the discovery of the structure of ferrocene. He received many awards for his work. . including the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1973 for his work on ‘organometallic compounds’.   Wilkinson’s catalyst is used industrially in the hydrogenation of alkenes to alkanes.

Wilkinson's catalyst RhCl(PPh3)3 ferrocene Fe(C5H5)2 . http://www.ncl.html .uk/quicktime/hydr ogenation.