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Charles J. Pedersen

Charles J. Pedersen

Charles John Pedersen was an American organic chemist best known for describing methods of synthesizing crown ethers. He shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1987 with Donald J. Cram and Jean-Marie Lehn. His Japanese first name was Yoshio. Pedersen was born in Busan, on the coast of south-eastern Korea, to a Norwegian father and a Japanese mother, in 1904. He moved to Japan with his family at an early age and entered an international school, called Saint Joseph College in Yokohama, Japan. He came to the United States in 1922 to study chemical engineering at the University of Dayton in Ohio. After receiving a bachelor's degree, he went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ... more on Wikipedia

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