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Ranijet Ghosh

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Dr. Ranijet Ghosh was a chemist at Britain's Imperial Chemical Industries and was the first to discover the G-Class nerve agents.

Background and Work

After it was discovered that DDT was losing its effectiveness to debilitate lice, chemical companies rushed to develop new organophosphate pesticides. Ghosh worked at Britain's {Imperial Chemical Industries] and in 1952 he synthesized a compound with sulfer and nitrogen (#Tucker, 2006). The company marked it under the trade name Amiton until its side-effects became obvious. It was pulled from the market and the British chemical weapons division Porton Down and developed it as Chemical Weapons agent Sarin.


Tucker, Jonathon. War of Nerves: Chemical Warfare From World War I to Al-Qaeda. Pantheon Books, 2006.

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