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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 140,054 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Gerhard Herzberg is the 191st most popular chemist (down from 178th in 2019), the 1,064th most popular biography from Germany (up from 1,088th 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 191 out of 509Before him are Walter Gilbert, Alan J. Heeger, Raymond Davis Jr., Stanislao Cannizzaro, Germain Henri Hess, and Julius Axelrod. After him are Erwin Chargaff, Ahmed Zewail, Otto Wichterle, Johann Deisenhofer, F. Sherwood Rowland, and Michael Levitt.

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Among people born in 1904, Gerhard Herzberg ranks 51Before him are Lucile Randon, Nikolai Kuznetsov, Karl Rahner, John Gielgud, Héctor Castro, and Moshé Feldenkrais. After him are Donald O. Hebb, Serge Lifar, Otto Robert Frisch, Peter Lorre, Ernst-Günther Schenck, and Leopold Trepper. Among people deceased in 1999, Gerhard Herzberg ranks 36Before him are Anatoliy Solovianenko, Mary Ainsworth, Hélder Câmara, Hermine Braunsteiner, Fred Trump, and Iris Murdoch. After him are Benjamin Bloom, Henry Way Kendall, Henri, Count of Paris, Nathalie Sarraute, Oliver Reed, and Adolfo Bioy Casares.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Gerhard Herzberg ranks 1,064 out of 6,142Before him are Gabriele Münter (1877), Georg Wilhelm Steller (1709), Rainer Weiss (1932), Karl von Bülow (1846), Johann Jakob Froberger (1616), and Caroline of Brunswick (1768). After him are Carl Gustav Hempel (1905), Killing of Peter Fechter (1944), Levin August von Bennigsen (1745), Christina of Saxony (1461), Princess Henrietta of Nassau-Weilburg (1797), and Harald Schumacher (1954).

Among CHEMISTS In Germany

Among chemists born in Germany, Gerhard Herzberg ranks 39Before him are Heinrich Gustav Magnus (1802), Hans von Euler-Chelpin (1873), Robert Huber (1937), August Wilhelm von Hofmann (1818), Georg Wittig (1897), and Joachim Frank (1940). After him are Johann Deisenhofer (1943), Emil Erlenmeyer (1825), Feodor Lynen (1911), Franz Karl Achard (1753), Friedrich Sertürner (1783), and Henri Victor Regnault (1810).