Marcos Aurélio Gomes da Silva*
Federal University of Juiz De Fora, Brazil
*Corresponding Author: Marcos Aurélio Gomes da Silva, Federal University of Juiz De Fora, Brazil.
Received: November 18, 2019; Published: December 02, 2019
Pioneer in the study of phytochemistry in the country, Otto Richard Gottlieb was responsible for numerous advances in natu-ral product chemistry, botanical evolution research and chemical ecology. He also contributed to the development of drugs from his work with neolignans. Deceased on June 20, 2011, at age 90, this member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences worked at the larg-est universities and research institutions in the country, and knew of the need for multidisciplinary efforts to understand the work-ings of nature. the extinction of important species in the country even before a mapping was done on the subject. Otto Gottlieb re-vealed the great biodiversity of the flora found in Brazil and pro-mote the research area called phytochemistry in the country, being a pioneer in studies on the chemistry of essential oils which is one of the most important export products in the country.
Otto Gottlieb considered that, at the end of the last century, understanding the mechanisms of nature was of essential impor-tance for the future of life on planet Earth and constituted the most significant challenge for scientists living on the last biological fron-tiers. This interdisciplinary approach permeated his entire work, but concerned only with a theme that was the preservation of bio-diversity in Brazil.
Citation: Marcos Aurélio Gomes da Silva. “The Importance of Otto Gottlieb for Natural Product Chemistry and Brazilian Biodiversity”.Acta Scientific Medical Sciences 4.1 (2020): 01.
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