Vladimir Prelog (July 23rd, 1906 Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina - January 7th, 1998 Zurich, Switzerland) thanks to his professor Ivan Kurija, Prelog began to take interest in f chemistry, and published the first scientific paper under his supervision when he was only 15 years old.

He studied chemistry in Prague, where he graduated and later received his doctorate. After the doctorate, for some time he worked in a chemical laboratory of a chemical wholesale. Upon his return to Zagreb he began teaching organic chemistry at the Faculty of Engineering. During the war he went to Switzerland. The focus of his scientific interest was the stereochemistry of molecules, and the problem of spatial structure of molecules.

He substantially contributed to explaining the structure of steroids, quinine, strychnine and other alkaloids and synthesized many organic compounds. He won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1975. 

Get QR code