Charles Adolphe Wurtz

1817 - 1884

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Charles Adolphe Wurtz (French: [vyʁts]; 26 November 1817 – 10 May 1884) was an Alsatian French chemist. He is best remembered for his decades-long advocacy for the atomic theory and for ideas about the structures of chemical compounds, against the skeptical opinions of chemists such as Marcellin Berthelot and Henri Étienne Sainte-Claire Deville. He is well known by organic chemists for the Wurtz reaction, to form carbon-carbon bonds by reacting alkyl halides with sodium, and for his discoveries of ethylamine, ethylene glycol, and the aldol reaction. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charles Adolphe Wurtz has received more than 48,373 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia. Charles Adolphe Wurtz is the 266th most popular chemist (down from 251st in 2019), the 1,692nd most popular biography from France (down from 1,393rd in 2019) and the 27th most popular French Chemist.

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Among chemists, Charles Adolphe Wurtz ranks 266 out of 510Before him are Alexander Butlerov, J. D. Bernal, Alfred G. Gilman, Thomas A. Steitz, Bernard Courtois, and Kenichi Fukui. After him are Kikunae Ikeda, Axel Fredrik Cronstedt, Paul L. Modrich, Yuan T. Lee, Geoffrey Wilkinson, and Leopold Gmelin.

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Among people born in 1817, Charles Adolphe Wurtz ranks 20Before him are Theodor Storm, Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, Albert von Kölliker, Maximilian de Beauharnais, 3rd Duke of Leuchtenberg, Joseph Dalton Hooker, and Austen Henry Layard. After him are Hermann Lotze, Táhirih, Antonio de Torres Jurado, Jean Charles Galissard de Marignac, Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville, and Archduke Stephen, Palatine of Hungary. Among people deceased in 1884, Charles Adolphe Wurtz ranks 17Before him are Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, Allan Pinkerton, Hans Makart, Hermann Kolbe, Fanny Elssler, and Karl Richard Lepsius. After him are Hermann Schlegel, Alexander, Prince of Orange, William, Duke of Brunswick, Paul Abadie, Jules Bastien-Lepage, and Cetshwayo kaMpande.

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Among people born in France, Charles Adolphe Wurtz ranks 1,692 out of 5,234Before him are Joseph Joubert (1754), Germaine Dulac (1882), Jules Chéret (1836), Raymonde de Laroche (1882), Jean-Baptiste Charles Bouvet de Lozier (1705), and Charles II, Duke of Bourbon (1434). After him are René Char (1907), Yves Congar (1904), Claude Françoise de Lorraine (1612), Pierre Terrail, seigneur de Bayard (1476), Louis of Toulouse (1274), and Madeleine de La Tour d'Auvergne (1498).

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Among chemists born in France, Charles Adolphe Wurtz ranks 27Before him are Antoine Jérôme Balard (1802), Paul-Émile Lecoq de Boisbaudran (1838), Nicolas Leblanc (1742), Jean-Pierre Sauvage (1944), Charles François de Cisternay du Fay (1698), and Bernard Courtois (1777). After him are Antoine Baumé (1728), Luis Federico Leloir (1906), Alexandre Brongniart (1770), François-Marie Raoult (1830), Charles Friedel (1822), and Jean-Baptiste Boussingault (1801).