Tadeusz Reichstein

About Tadeusz Reichstein

Who is it?: Chemist
Birth Day: July 20, 1897
Birth Place: Włocławek, Poland, Polish
Citizenship: Poland, Switzerland
Known for: cortisone
Spouse(s): Henriette Louise Quarles van Ufford (m. 1927; 1 child)
Awards: Marcel Benoist Prize (1947) Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1950) Copley Medal (1968)

Tadeusz Reichstein

Tadeusz Reichstein was born on July 20, 1897 in Włocławek, Poland, Polish, is Chemist. Tadeusz Reichstein was a Polish born Swiss chemist who along with Philip S. Hench and Edward C. Kendall, received the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1950. The trio won the coveted award for their discoveries concerning hormones of the adrenal cortex. Reichstein was born into a Jewish family in Poland and migrated to Switzerland as a child. He was educated in Zurich and became interested in chemistry as a school student. After graduating from high school he began studying chemistry at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (E.T.H.) and completed his diploma. After working in the industry for a while he started working on his doctorate under Professor H. Staudinger with whom he would later research on the composition of the flavoring substances in roasted coffee. He researched for many years on the aromatic substances in chicory and published a series of papers on this subject. Eventually he qualified as a lecturer at the E.T.H. In the ensuing years he collaborated with E. C. Kendall and P. S. Hench in their seminal work on the hormones of the adrenal cortex. This research ultimately led to the isolation of cortisone and the discovery of its therapeutic value in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
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As per our current Database, Tadeusz Reichstein has been died on 1 August 1996(1996-08-01) (aged 99)\nBasel, Switzerland.

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When Tadeusz Reichstein die, Tadeusz Reichstein was 99 years old.

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Occupation Scientists
Age 99 years old
Zodiac Sign Leo
Born July 20, 1897 (Włocławek, Poland, Polish)
Birthday July 20
Town/City Włocławek, Poland, Polish
Nationality Polish

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In 1933, working in Zürich, Switzerland, Reichstein succeeded, independently of Sir Norman Haworth and his collaborators in the United Kingdom, in synthesizing vitamin C (ascorbic acid) in what is now called the Reichstein process.


Together with Edward Calvin Kendall and Philip Showalter Hench, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1950 for their work on hormones of the adrenal cortex which culminated in the isolation of cortisone.


He died in Basel, Switzerland. The principal industrial process for the artificial synthesis of Vitamin C still bears his name. Reichstein was the longest-lived Nobel laureate at the time of his death, but was surpassed in 2008 by Rita Levi-Montalcini.

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