Kurt Alder
Kurt Alder

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Name: Kurt Alder
Occupation: Chemist
Gender: Male
Birth Day: July 10, 1902
Death Date: Jun 19, 1958 (age 55)
Age: Aged 55
Country: Germany
Zodiac Sign: Cancer

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Kurt Alder

Kurt Alder was born on July 10, 1902 in Germany (55 years old). Kurt Alder is a Chemist, zodiac sign: Cancer. Find out Kurt Aldernet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


He worked tirelessly on the investigations of the synthesis of organic compounds.

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As per our current Database, Kurt Alder died on Jun 19, 1958 (age 55).

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Before Fame

He lost both of his parents to the Nazi Gestapo during World War II because they were Jewish.

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Alder was born in the industrial area of Königshütte, Silesia (modern day Chorzów, Upper Silesia, Poland), where he received his early schooling. Alder left the area when Königshütte became part of Poland in 1922. He studied chemistry at the University of Berlin from 1922, and later at the University of Kiel where his PhD was awarded in 1926 for work supervised by Diels.


In 1930 Alder was appointed reader for chemistry at Kiel, and promoted to lecturer in 1934. In 1936 he left Kiel to join I G Farben Industrie at Leverkusen, where he worked on synthetic rubber. Then in 1940 he was appointed Professor of Experimental Chemistry and Chemical Technology at the University of Cologne and Director of the Institute of Chemistry there. Throughout this time and despite the many obstacles to original research in Europe at the time, he continued a systematic program of investigations of his particular interests in the synthesis of organic compounds. In all he published more than 151 papers in this field.


In 1945 he worked closely with the inventor of EDTA, Ferdinand Münz. In 1949 they published a paper together on diene synthesis and additions


Alder died in June 1958, aged 55. The cause of his death is unknown, however his body was found in his apartment in Cologne, Germany after two weeks. His niece, who found the body, stated that the odor of rotting flesh was so bad that she could smell it from the street outside. Gertrud Alder reported that her husband was incredibly distressed when she last saw him and often muttered the phrase "Les Jardins du Souvenir" (The Memory Garden) whilst writing out his research notes.

Family Life

Kurt got married to Irene Hawthorne, a former prima ballerina, on March 10, 1948; then married Christiane Tocco on September 16, 1965.

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