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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 284,105 page views. His biography is available in 70 different languages on Wikipedia. Frederick Soddy is the 42nd most popular chemist (down from 36th in 2019), the 320th most popular biography from United Kingdom and the 5th 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 42 out of 509Before him are Jan Baptist van Helmont, Carl Bosch, Walther Nernst, Gertrude B. Elion, Henrik Dam, and Ilya Prigogine. After him are Victor Grignard, Theodor Svedberg, William Crookes, Gerty Cori, Paul Karrer, and Joseph Black.

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Among people born in 1877, Frederick Soddy ranks 6Before him are Hermann Hesse, Isadora Duncan, Hjalmar Schacht, Felix Dzerzhinsky, and Wilhelm Frick. After him are Francis William Aston, Joan Gamper, Charles Glover Barkla, Muhammad Iqbal, Louis Renault, and Edgar Cayce. Among people deceased in 1956, Frederick Soddy ranks 9Before him are B. R. Ambedkar, Jackson Pollock, Konstantin von Neurath, Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb, Pietro Badoglio, and Jules Rimet. After him are Robert Walser, Emil Nolde, Lucien Febvre, Juho Kusti Paasikivi, A. A. Milne, and Alexander Rodchenko.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Frederick Soddy ranks 320 out of 7,765Before him are Benny Hill (1924), Stanley Matthews (1915), Thomas Andrews (1873), Robert Falcon Scott (1868), John Herschel (1792), and Anne Neville (1456). After him are Syd Barrett (1946), Jacqueline Bisset (1944), Jon Lord (1941), Æthelred I, King of Wessex (837), George Eliot (1819), and G. K. Chesterton (1874).

Among CHEMISTS In United Kingdom

Among chemists born in United Kingdom, Frederick Soddy ranks 5Before him are John Dalton (1766), Humphry Davy (1778), William Ramsay (1852), and Frederick Sanger (1918). After him are William Crookes (1832), Francis William Aston (1877), Frederick Gowland Hopkins (1861), Norman Haworth (1883), John Newlands (1837), Henry Hallett Dale (1875), and Robert Robinson (1886).