William D. Emmons
William D. Emmons was an American chemist and published together William S. Wadsworth a modifications to the Wittig-Horner reaction using phosphonate-stabilized carbanions now called the Horner-Wadsworth-Emmons reaction
Horner-Wadsworth-Emmons reaction
The Horner-Wadsworth-Emmons reaction is the chemical reaction of stabilized phosphonate carbanions with aldehydes to produce predominantly E-alkenes....

  or HWE reaction or Horner-Wittig reaction


Emmons studied at the University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities is a public research university located in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, United States. It is the oldest and largest part of the University of Minnesota system and has the fourth-largest main campus student body in the United States, with 52,557...

 and served in the Pacific in World War II
World War II
World War II, or the Second World War , was a global conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945, involving most of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis...

 and avoided being drafted for the Korean War
Korean War
The Korean War was a conventional war between South Korea, supported by the United Nations, and North Korea, supported by the People's Republic of China , with military material aid from the Soviet Union...

 by working for the Redstone Arsenal Research of Rohm and Haas
Rohm and Haas
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. Where he worked until his retirement in 1989.
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