George A. Olah


Age: 89

chemist and founding director of the University of Southern California's Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute whose work won a 1994 Nobel Prize in chemistry and paved the way for more effective oil refining and ways of producing less polluting forms of gasoline, whose research brought him the Nobel for his groundbreaking study of the unstable carbon molecules known as carbocations and was honored by numerous scientific societies and his native country Hungary, who also wrote or co-wrote nearly two dozen books, published nearly 1,500 papers, and held 160 patents from seven countries.

Cause of Death: Not released

Born: May 22, 1927

Died: March 8, 2017

Beverly Hills, California