Oral history interview with Tadeus Reichstein

Oral history interview with Tadeus Reichstein

  • 1985-Apr-22

In this interview Tadeus Reichstein discusses his long and distinguished career as an organic chemist. He begins by recalling his family and early education in Germany and Switzerland. The interview continues with Reichstein describing his advanced work at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and recalling his professors and colleagues, especially Staudinger and Ruzicka. In 1938, Reichstein moved to the Pharmaceutical Institute at Basel, and the central portion of the interview focuses on his research leading to the Nobel Prize in 1950. This includes work in Vitamin C synthesis, cortisone and other adrenal hormones, and glycosides. The interview concludes with Reichstein expressing his personal philosophy, his views on the changes in chemistry, and his interest in botany.

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  • 34 pages
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  • Science History Institute
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Tadeusz Reichstein, interviewed by Tonja A. Koeppel in Basel, Switzerland on April 22, 1985. Philadelphia: Science History Institute, n.d. Oral History Transcript 0040. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/00000101g.

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The published version of the transcript may diverge from the interview audio due to edits to the transcript made by staff of the Center for Oral History, often at the request of the interviewee, during the transcript review process.

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