George A Olah, whose work won a Nobel Prize in chemistry and paved the way for more effective oil refining and ways of producing less polluting forms of petrol, has died aged 89.
Mr Olah died at his Beverly Hills home, according to the University of Southern California’s Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute, of which he was founding director. No cause of death was provided.
Mr Olah’s research brought him the 1994 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his ground-breaking study of the unstable carbon molecules known as carbocations.
“Distinguished professor George Olah was a true legend in the field of chemistry,” USC President CL Max Nikias said in a statement. Read more