Gerhard Herzberg

1904 - 1999

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Gerhard Heinrich Friedrich Otto Julius Herzberg, (German: [ˈɡeːɐ̯.haʁt ˈhɛʁt͡sˌbɛʁk] (listen); December 25, 1904 – March 3, 1999) was a German-Canadian pioneering physicist and physical chemist, who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1971, "for his contributions to the knowledge of electronic structure and geometry of molecules, particularly free radicals". Herzberg's main work concerned atomic and molecular spectroscopy. He is well known for using these techniques that determine the structures of diatomic and polyatomic molecules, including free radicals which are difficult to investigate in any other way, and for the chemical analysis of astronomical objects. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gerhard Herzberg has received more than 119,045 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Gerhard Herzberg is the 178th most popular chemist (down from 127th in 2019), the 1,088th most popular biography from Germany (down from 680th in 2019) and the 39th most popular German Chemist.

Herzberg was a psychologist who studied the relationship between job satisfaction and job dissatisfaction. He found that there are two factors that lead to job satisfaction and dissatisfaction. The first is the intrinsic factors, which are things like the nature of the work, one's own capabilities, and the degree of responsibility. The second is the extrinsic factors, which are things like pay, working conditions, and supervision.

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Among chemists, Gerhard Herzberg ranks 178 out of 510Before him are Germain Henri Hess, Paul-Émile Lecoq de Boisbaudran, Robert Huber, Wilfrid Voynich, Archer Martin, and Peter D. Mitchell. After him are Stephanie Kwolek, Giulio Natta, Tapputi, Emil Erlenmeyer, Alan J. Heeger, and Robert Bruce Merrifield.

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Among people born in 1904, Gerhard Herzberg ranks 51Before him are Héctor Castro, John Gielgud, Nikolai Kuznetsov, Donald O. Hebb, Arshile Gorky, and Count Basie. After him are Serge Lifar, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Greer Garson, František Plánička, Arnold Gehlen, and Princess Irene, Duchess of Aosta. Among people deceased in 1999, Gerhard Herzberg ranks 38Before him are Hélder Câmara, Trygve Haavelmo, Mary Ainsworth, George C. Scott, Nathalie Sarraute, and Abd al-Aziz ibn Baz. After him are Henri, Count of Paris, Henry Way Kendall, Sarah Knauss, Dirk Bogarde, Bernard Buffet, and John F. Kennedy Jr..

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Gerhard Herzberg ranks 1,088 out of 5,289Before him are Robert Siodmak (1900), Georg Böhm (1661), Pierre Littbarski (1960), Rudolf von Sebottendorf (1875), Anselm Kiefer (1945), and Ernst Heinkel (1888). After him are Caroline of Brunswick (1768), Otto Rasch (1891), Philipp, Landgrave of Hesse (1896), Friedrich Jeckeln (1895), Franz von Hipper (1863), and Emil Erlenmeyer (1825).

Among CHEMISTS In Germany

Among chemists born in Germany, Gerhard Herzberg ranks 39Before him are Georg Wittig (1897), August Wilhelm von Hofmann (1818), Joachim Frank (1940), Heinrich Gustav Magnus (1802), Feodor Lynen (1911), and Robert Huber (1937). After him are Emil Erlenmeyer (1825), Joachim Sauer (1949), Henri Victor Regnault (1810), Hermann Kolbe (1818), Max Joseph von Pettenkofer (1818), and Franz Karl Achard (1753).