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Gerhard Ertl

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Gerhard Ertl (German pronunciation: [ˈɡeːɐ̯haʁt ˈɛʁtl̩] ; born 10 October 1936) is a German physicist and a Professor emeritus at the Department of Physical Chemistry, Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft in Berlin, Germany. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gerhard Ertl has received more than 165,248 page views. His biography is available in 59 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 56 in 2019). Gerhard Ertl is the 101st most popular chemist (up from 124th in 2019), the 651st most popular biography from Germany (up from 808th in 2019) and the 25th most popular German Chemist.

Gerhard Ertl is most famous for his research on the chemical reactions that take place in automobile engines.

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Among chemists, Gerhard Ertl ranks 101 out of 509Before him are Artturi Ilmari Virtanen, Manfred Eigen, Norman Haworth, Vladimir Prelog, Johannes Nicolaus Brønsted, and Stanley B. Prusiner. After him are Yves Chauvin, Willard Libby, James B. Sumner, John Newlands, Henry Hallett Dale, and Robert Robinson.

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Among people born in 1936, Gerhard Ertl ranks 41Before him are Albert Finney, Roy Orbison, Margaret Hamilton, Bill Wyman, Georges Perec, and Steve Reich. After him are B. J. Habibie, Kris Kristofferson, Ferid Murad, Benedict Anderson, Uwe Seeler, and Don Cherry.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Gerhard Ertl ranks 651 out of 6,142Before him are Till Lindemann (1963), Ernst Mayr (1904), Elsa Einstein (1876), Johann Reuchlin (1455), Johann Ambrosius Bach (1645), and Maria Anna of Bavaria (1805). After him are Carlos Kleiber (1930), Otto Ohlendorf (1907), Hugo Ball (1886), Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1818), James Last (1929), and Hugo Junkers (1859).

Among CHEMISTS In Germany

Among chemists born in Germany, Gerhard Ertl ranks 25Before him are Martin Heinrich Klaproth (1743), Hermann Staudinger (1881), Karl Ziegler (1898), Johann Rudolf Glauber (1604), Felix Hoffmann (1868), and Manfred Eigen (1927). After him are Heinrich Otto Wieland (1877), Georg Ernst Stahl (1659), Joachim Sauer (1949), Ernst Chain (1906), Ernst Otto Fischer (1918), and Fritz Strassmann (1902).