Frederick Soddy

1877 - 1956

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Frederick Soddy FRS (2 September 1877 – 22 September 1956) was an English radiochemist who explained, with Ernest Rutherford, that radioactivity is due to the transmutation of elements, now known to involve nuclear reactions. He also proved the existence of isotopes of certain radioactive elements. In 1921 he received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for his contributions to our knowledge of the chemistry of radioactive substances, and his investigations into the origin and nature of isotopes". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Frederick Soddy has received more than 293,625 page views. His biography is available in 73 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 70 in 2019). Frederick Soddy is the 53rd most popular chemist (down from 42nd in 2019), the 323rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 320th in 2019) and the 6th most popular British Chemist.

Frederick Soddy is most famous for his discovery of isotopes and his work on the periodic table.

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Among chemists, Frederick Soddy ranks 53 out of 602Before him are Paul Sabatier, Friedrich Bergius, Frederick Sanger, Arthur Harden, Fritz Pregl, and Melvin Calvin. After him are Adolf Windaus, Victor Grignard, Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner, Arne Tiselius, Jacques Monod, and Otto Diels.

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Among people born in 1877, Frederick Soddy ranks 7Before him are Hermann Hesse, Isadora Duncan, Felix Dzerzhinsky, Wilhelm Frick, Charles Glover Barkla, and Joan Gamper. After him are Muhammad Iqbal, Francis William Aston, Heinrich Otto Wieland, G. H. Hardy, Louis Renault, and Raoul Dufy. Among people deceased in 1956, Frederick Soddy ranks 10Before him are Jackson Pollock, Konstantin von Neurath, Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb, Pietro Badoglio, Jules Rimet, and Emil Nolde. After him are Juho Kusti Paasikivi, Lucien Febvre, Robert Walser, A. A. Milne, Risto Ryti, and Alfred Kinsey.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Frederick Soddy ranks 323 out of 8,785Before him are Arthur Harden (1865), Jon Lord (1941), John Hurt (1940), Ian Gillan (1945), Edmund Ironside (993), and Edmund I (921). After him are James V of Scotland (1512), Bonnie Tyler (1951), Alexander Selkirk (1676), Alfred North Whitehead (1861), Robbie Coltrane (1950), and Halford Mackinder (1861).

Among CHEMISTS In United Kingdom

Among chemists born in United Kingdom, Frederick Soddy ranks 6Before him are John Dalton (1766), William Ramsay (1852), Humphry Davy (1778), Frederick Sanger (1918), and Arthur Harden (1865). After him are Norman Haworth (1883), Francis William Aston (1877), William Crookes (1832), Henry Hallett Dale (1875), Frederick Gowland Hopkins (1861), and Robert Robinson (1886).