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Dr. A. H. Belinfante

Nature volume 158, page 698 (16 November 1946) | Download Citation



AMONG the Continental men of science to perish in the Terezin cplrcentration camp was the promising young Dijtaftrphysical chemist, Dr. Adriaan Hendrik Belinf fce/ He was deported to Terezin from Holland, together with his wife, mother and children, in Felmiary 1944. The mother, who was seventy-six, died in April, but Belinfante and his wife survived until October of that year. He was forty-four years of age. His scientific work, most of which was published in the Recueil de travaux chimiques des Pays-bas, dealt with the mechanism of certain oxidation processes, autoxidation, ‘induced oxidation’ and similar phenomena; it covered such widely different reactions as the thermit process with aluminium, molybdenum oxide and calcium fluoride, explosions with benzene - air mixtures and the role of induced oxidation of lactic acid in relation to the cancer problem.

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