Giulio Natta was an Italian chemist who contributed to the development of high polymers useful in the manufacture of films, plastics, fibers, and synthetic rubber. He won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1963 Along with Karl Ziegler of Germany for the development of Ziegler-Natta catalysts. He was also a recipient of the Lomonosov Gold Medal in 1969.
Natta, born in Italy in 1903, was a lawyer’s son. Having studied maths at the University of Genoa, he completed a Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Milan Polytechnic in 1924 and taught there until 1933. After holding professorships at Pavia, Rome, and Turin, he returned to Milan in 1938 as director of the polytechnic’s Industrial Chemical Research Centre, where he spent the rest of his career.
In 1994 he was honored by the Italian Postal Department by issuing an 850 Italian Lira commemorative stamp.
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