Ernest Solvay

1838 - 1922

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Ernest Gaston Joseph Solvay (French: [sɔlvɛ]; 16 April 1838 – 26 May 1922) was a Belgian chemist, industrialist and philanthropist. Born in Rebecq, he was prevented by his acute pleurisy from going to university. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ernest Solvay has received more than 158,278 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia. Ernest Solvay is the 83rd most popular chemist, the 76th most popular biography from Belgium (down from 72nd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Belgian Chemist.

Ernest Solvay was a Belgian chemist and industrialist. He is most famous for inventing a process to produce sodium carbonate, which is used in the production of glass, paper, soap, and detergents.

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Among chemists, Ernest Solvay ranks 83 out of 510Before him are Arne Tiselius, Felix Hoffmann, Irving Langmuir, Antoni Grabowski, Friedrich Bergius, and Kurt Alder. After him are Theodore William Richards, Leopold Ružička, Tadeusz Reichstein, Norman Haworth, Joseph Proust, and John Howard Northrop.

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Among people born in 1838, Ernest Solvay ranks 7Before him are John Wilkes Booth, Georges Bizet, Ernst Mach, Ferdinand von Zeppelin, Max Bruch, and Franz Brentano. After him are Tobias Asser, Luís I of Portugal, Prince Philippe, Count of Paris, Émile Loubet, Jan Matejko, and Yamagata Aritomo. Among people deceased in 1922, Ernest Solvay ranks 16Before him are Hermann Rorschach, Fredrik Bajer, Walther Rathenau, Ernest Shackleton, Vittorio Monti, and Georges Sorel. After him are Michael Collins, Albert I, Prince of Monaco, Nellie Bly, Mori Ōgai, Yamagata Aritomo, and Andrey Markov.

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In Belgium

Among people born in Belgium, Ernest Solvay ranks 76 out of 899Before him are Adolphe Quetelet (1796), Herman Van Rompuy (1947), François Englert (1932), Maxime Weygand (1867), Princess Joséphine Charlotte of Belgium (1927), and Paul Delvaux (1897). After him are Ambiorix (-100), Pieter Claesz (1596), Jacques Rogge (1942), Émile Verhaeren (1855), Adrian Willaert (1490), and Lamoral, Count of Egmont (1522).

Among CHEMISTS In Belgium

Among chemists born in Belgium, Ernest Solvay ranks 2Before him are Jan Baptist van Helmont (1580). After him are Yves Chauvin (1930), Leo Baekeland (1863), Jean Stas (1813), and Gilbert Stork (1921).