Natta, Giulio

Natta, Giulio (1903-1979)

20th Century
Born: Imperia near Genoa (Italy), 1903 
Died: Bergamo (Italy), 1979
After studying chemistry in Milano and Freiburg Natta became professor in Pavia, Rome, Turin, and Milano. He investigated catalytic reactions like the synthesis of methanol, of formaldehyde from methanol and of butyraldehyde from propylene, which were used on an industrial scale. He also worked on synthetic rubber and on the polymerisation of olefins with organometallic catalysts developed by Karl Ziegler by which he obtained polypropylenes of highly regular molecular structure. In 1963 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry (together with Karl Ziegler). 

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Link icon  The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1963
Karl Ziegler and Giulio Natta

Link icon  The Nobel Stamps of 1988
The stamps were engraved by Martin Mörck after originals by Urban Frank, who also designed the illustration on the First Day Cover.