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April 25, 1996

Robert Levine

Robert Levine Robert Levine, emeritus professor of chemistry, died on April 1, 1996.

He received both his B.A. and M.A. from Dartmouth College and his Ph.D. in 1945 from Duke University.

A professor of organic and medicinal chemistry, he joined Pitt's faculty in 1946 as an assistant professor, retiring in 1982.

Levine made his mark in 1950 when he announced the preparation and use of a new organic reagent called lithium diisopro-pyl amide, better known as LDA. This reagent would become one of the most frequently used organic bases in all of synthetic chemistry; virtually every sophomore organic student learns about the uses of LDA.

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