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Mar 09, 2017

Hungarian Nobel Prize winner George Oláh dies aged 89

Oláh's extensive body of chemistry research included the generation and reactivity of carbocations via superacids, for which he was awarded a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1994

Hungarian Nobel Prize winner George Oláh died yesterday at the age of 89, it has been announced.

Oláh's extensive body of chemistry research included the generation and reactivity of carbocations via superacids, for which he was awarded a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1994.

Oláh was born in Budapest on the May 22, 1927. He studied chemistry, then taught at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. In 1990, he was made an honorary member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Following the 1956 revolution, he moved himself and his family to England and then to Canada, where he joined Dow Chemical. He became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1971.