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Burns, Robert British & World English

(1759–96), Scottish poet, best known for poems such as ‘The Jolly Beggars’ (1786) and ‘Tam o’ Shanter‘ (1791), and for old Scottish songs which he collected, including ’Auld Lang Syne'. Burns Night celebrations are held in Scotland and elsewhere on his birthday, 25 January

Woodward, Robert Burns British & World English

(1917–79), American organic chemist. He was the first to synthesize quinine, cholesterol, chlorophyll, and vitamin B12, and with the Polish-born American chemist Roald Hoffmann (b.1937) discovered symmetry-based rules governing the course of rearrangement reactions involving cyclic intermediates. Nobel Prize for Chemistry (1965)


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