Hermann Staudinger

1881 - 1965

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Hermann Staudinger (German pronunciation: [ˈhɛʁman ˈʃtaʊ̯dɪŋɐ] (listen); 23 March 1881 – 8 September 1965) was a German organic chemist who demonstrated the existence of macromolecules, which he characterized as polymers. For this work he received the 1953 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He is also known for his discovery of ketenes and of the Staudinger reaction. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hermann Staudinger has received more than 186,453 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 59 in 2019). Hermann Staudinger is the 53rd most popular chemist (up from 56th in 2019), the 459th most popular biography from Germany (down from 398th in 2019) and the 14th most popular German Chemist.

Hermann Staudinger is most famous for discovering that polymers are made up of long chains of repeating molecules, which he called macromolecules.

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Among chemists, Hermann Staudinger ranks 53 out of 510Before him are Arthur Harden, Francis William Aston, Alfred Werner, Richard Willstätter, Paul Karrer, and Claude Louis Berthollet. After him are Gertrude B. Elion, Adolf Butenandt, Fritz Pregl, Theodor Svedberg, Karl Ziegler, and Michel Eugène Chevreul.

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Among people born in 1881, Hermann Staudinger ranks 24Before him are Hans Kelsen, Ettore Bugatti, Erwin von Witzleben, Georg von Küchler, Clinton Davisson, and Alexei Rykov. After him are Alcide De Gasperi, George Enescu, Maximilian von Weichs, Hans Fischer, Juan Ramón Jiménez, and Irving Langmuir. Among people deceased in 1965, Hermann Staudinger ranks 17Before him are T. S. Eliot, Nat King Cole, Moshe Sharett, Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej, Louise Mountbatten, and Elisabeth of Bavaria, Queen of Belgium. After him are Edward Victor Appleton, Maxime Weygand, Dorothea Lange, Paul Hermann Müller, Helena Rubinstein, and Jun'ichirō Tanizaki.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Hermann Staudinger ranks 459 out of 5,289Before him are Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria (1573), Louise Mountbatten (1889), Hans Lippershey (1570), J. Hans D. Jensen (1907), Elisabeth of Bavaria, Queen of Belgium (1876), and Maria Josepha of Bavaria (1739). After him are Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774), Wilhelm Burgdorf (1895), Louise of Hesse-Kassel (1817), Otto of Bavaria (1848), Kurt Weill (1900), and Kurt Meyer (1910).

Among CHEMISTS In Germany

Among chemists born in Germany, Hermann Staudinger ranks 14Before him are Adolf von Baeyer (1835), August Kekulé (1829), Carl Bosch (1874), Hans Adolf Krebs (1900), Robert Bunsen (1811), and Richard Willstätter (1872). After him are Adolf Butenandt (1903), Karl Ziegler (1898), Hans Fischer (1881), Johann Rudolf Glauber (1604), Adolf Windaus (1876), and Martin Heinrich Klaproth (1743).