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Tadeusz Reichstein (July 20, 1897August 1, 1996) was a Polish-bornmarker Swissmarker chemist and Nobel laureate.

Reichstein was born into a Jewish family at Włocławekmarker, Congress Polandmarker, and spent his early childhood at Kievmarker, where his father was an engineer. He began his education a boarding-school at Jenamarker, Germanymarker.

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

Together with E. C. Kendall and P. S. 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 Baselmarker, Switzerlandmarker. 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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