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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 59,037 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Charles Adolphe Wurtz is the 250th most popular chemist (up from 266th in 2019), the 1,519th most popular biography from France (up from 1,689th in 2019) and the 24th most popular French Chemist.

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Among chemists, Charles Adolphe Wurtz ranks 250 out of 509Before him are Donald J. Cram, Jaroslav Heyrovský, Vincent du Vigneaud, John Polanyi, Michael Polanyi, and Johan Gottlieb Gahn. After him are Thomas Graham, Karl Barry Sharpless, Charles François de Cisternay du Fay, Axel Fredrik Cronstedt, Geoffrey Wilkinson, and Kikunae Ikeda.

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Among people born in 1817, Charles Adolphe Wurtz ranks 18Before him are Niels Gade, Pierre Larousse, Theodor Storm, Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, Maximilian de Beauharnais, 3rd Duke of Leuchtenberg, and Austen Henry Layard. After him are Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville, Táhirih, Hermann Lotze, Archduke Stephen, Palatine of Hungary, Albert von Kölliker, and Antonio de Torres Jurado. Among people deceased in 1884, Charles Adolphe Wurtz ranks 16Before him are Jean-Baptiste Dumas, Alfred Brehm, Allan Pinkerton, Hans Makart, Karl Richard Lepsius, and Hermann Kolbe. After him are Paul Abadie, Fanny Elssler, Infanta Maria Anna of Portugal, Alexander, Prince of Orange, Jules Bastien-Lepage, and William, Duke of Brunswick.

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In France

Among people born in France, Charles Adolphe Wurtz ranks 1,519 out of 6,011Before him are Charles, Duke of Lower Lorraine (953), Paul Gachet (1828), Maria Vittoria dal Pozzo (1847), Clément Marot (1495), Antoine Destutt de Tracy (1754), and Paul Cornu (1881). After him are Monique Wittig (1935), Antoine Charles Louis de Lasalle (1775), Raimbaut de Vaqueiras (1165), Mahaut, Countess of Artois (1269), Jacqueline, Countess of Hainaut (1401), and Louis Marchand (1669).

Among CHEMISTS In France

Among chemists born in France, Charles Adolphe Wurtz ranks 24Before him are Henry Louis Le Chatelier (1850), Jean-Baptiste Dumas (1800), Nicolas Leblanc (1742), Jean-Pierre Sauvage (1944), Antoine Jérôme Balard (1802), and Louis Jacques Thénard (1777). After him are Charles François de Cisternay du Fay (1698), Luis Federico Leloir (1906), Paul-Émile Lecoq de Boisbaudran (1838), Bernard Courtois (1777), Théophile-Jules Pelouze (1807), and Antoine Baumé (1728).