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Saul Winstein
Born October 8, 1912(1912-10-08)
Died November 23, 1969 (aged 57)
Nationality American
Fields Physical Organic Chemistry
Institutions UCLA
Known for Winstein reaction
Grunwald-Winstein equation
Non-classical cation
Anchimeric assistance

Saul Winstein (October 8, 1912 – November 23, 1969) was the American chemist who discovered the Winstein reaction, in which he argued a non-classical cation was needed to explain the stability of the norbornyl cation. This fueled a debate with Herbert C. Brown over the existence of delocalized cations such as this.[1] Co-author of the Grunwald-Winstein equation concerning solvolysis rates.[2]


  1. ^ Nobel Foundation description of the non-classical ion and its importance, and the debate over their existence.
  2. ^ W. G. Young, D. J. Cram (1951). "The Correlation of Solvolysis Rates and the Classification of Solvolysis Reactions Into Mechanistic Categories". Journal of the American Chemical Society 73 (6): 2700 – 2707. doi:10.1021/ja01150a078.  


  • W. G. Young, D. J. Cram (1970). "Professor Saul Winstein October 8, 1912-November 23, 1969". International Journal of Chemical Kinetics 2 (3): 167 – 173. doi:10.1002/kin.550020302.  

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