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Hermann Kolbe

1818 - 1884

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Adolph Wilhelm Hermann Kolbe (27 September 1818 – 25 November 1884) was a major contributor to the birth of modern organic chemistry. He was a professor at Marburg and Leipzig. Kolbe was the first to apply the term synthesis in a chemical context, and contributed to the philosophical demise of vitalism through synthesis of the organic substance acetic acid from carbon disulfide, and also contributed to the development of structural theory. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hermann Kolbe has received more than 98,611 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Hermann Kolbe is the 242nd most popular chemist (down from 213th in 2019), the 1,283rd most popular biography from Germany (down from 1,225th in 2019) and the 46th most popular German Chemist.

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Among chemists, Hermann Kolbe ranks 242 out of 509Before him are Nikolay Zelinsky, Mario J. Molina, Paul L. Modrich, Joseph L. Goldstein, Henri Victor Regnault, and Ida Noddack. After him are Edward W. Morley, Donald J. Cram, Jaroslav Heyrovský, Vincent du Vigneaud, John Polanyi, and Michael Polanyi.

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Among people born in 1818, Hermann Kolbe ranks 28Before him are Angelo Secchi, Mary Todd Lincoln, Thomas Mayne Reid, Amalia of Oldenburg, Richard Jordan Gatling, and François d'Orléans, Prince of Joinville. After him are Tewodros II, Zachris Topelius, Emil du Bois-Reymond, Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen, Infante Carlos, Count of Montemolin, and Francesco Crispi. Among people deceased in 1884, Hermann Kolbe ranks 15Before him are Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, Jean-Baptiste Dumas, Alfred Brehm, Allan Pinkerton, Hans Makart, and Karl Richard Lepsius. After him are Charles Adolphe Wurtz, Paul Abadie, Fanny Elssler, Infanta Maria Anna of Portugal, Alexander, Prince of Orange, and Jules Bastien-Lepage.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Hermann Kolbe ranks 1,283 out of 6,142Before him are Dagmar of Bohemia (1186), Charles II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1741), Anna Maria van Schurman (1607), Anselm Feuerbach (1829), Constantin Carathéodory (1873), and Beno Gutenberg (1889). After him are Frederick I, Margrave of Meissen (1257), Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard (1942), Christian Wulff (1959), Karl Theodor Anton Maria von Dalberg (1744), Karl von Habsburg (1961), and Hans Burgkmair (1473).

Among CHEMISTS In Germany

Among chemists born in Germany, Hermann Kolbe ranks 46Before him are Johann Deisenhofer (1943), Emil Erlenmeyer (1825), Feodor Lynen (1911), Franz Karl Achard (1753), Friedrich Sertürner (1783), and Henri Victor Regnault (1810). After him are John Polanyi (1929), Christian Friedrich Schönbein (1799), Andreas Sigismund Marggraf (1709), Hartmut Michel (1948), Andreas Libavius (1555), and Max Joseph von Pettenkofer (1818).