American chemist whose pioneering work with inorganic and organic
boron compounds won him (along with Georg Wittig) the 1979 Nobel Prize
Brown's work with borohydrides led to the development of an important new class of inorganic reagents. His discovery of the organoboranes revealed an array of powerful and versatile reagents for organic synthesis. He was also known for studies of reactions involving so-called carbonium ions or carbo-cations.
Brown was the author of Hydroboration (1962) and Organic Syntheses via Boranes (1975).
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