Justus von Liebig

1803 - 1873

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Justus Freiherr (Baron) von Liebig (12 May 1803 – 20 April 1873) was a German scientist who made major contributions to the theory, practice, and pedagogy of chemistry, as well as to agricultural and biological chemistry; he is considered one of the principal founders of organic chemistry. As a professor at the University of Giessen, he devised the modern laboratory-oriented teaching method, and for such innovations, he is regarded as one of the greatest chemistry teachers of all time. He has been described as the "father of the fertilizer industry" for his emphasis on nitrogen and minerals as essential plant nutrients, and his popularization of the law of the minimum, which states that plant growth is limited by the scarcest nutrient resource, rather than the total amount of resources available. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Justus von Liebig has received more than 710,952 page views. His biography is available in 68 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 62 in 2019). Justus von Liebig is the 28th most popular chemist, the 220th most popular biography from Germany (up from 256th in 2019) and the 6th most popular German Chemist.

Justus von Liebig is most famous for his development of the Law of the Minimum, which states that growth is limited by the scarcest nutrient, or the nutrient in shortest supply.

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Among chemists, Justus von Liebig ranks 28 out of 602Before him are William Ramsay, Emil Fischer, Eduard Buchner, Albert Hofmann, Otto Wallach, and Humphry Davy. After him are Casimir Funk, John Howard Northrop, Ilya Prigogine, Walther Nernst, Robert Bunsen, and Henrik Dam.

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Among people born in 1803, Justus von Liebig ranks 5Before him are Hector Berlioz, Christian Doppler, Prosper Mérimée, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. After him are Adolphe Adam, Maria Anna of Savoy, Albrecht von Roon, Charles Lucien Bonaparte, Gottfried Semper, Flora Tristan, and Fyodor Tyutchev. Among people deceased in 1873, Justus von Liebig ranks 4Before him are Napoleon III, John Stuart Mill, and David Livingstone. After him are Alessandro Manzoni, Caroline Augusta of Bavaria, Elisabeth Ludovika of Bavaria, John of Saxony, Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Franz Xaver Winterhalter, Vasil Levski, and Amélie of Leuchtenberg.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Justus von Liebig ranks 220 out of 7,253Before him are Edith Stein (1891), Albert, Prince Consort (1819), Frank-Walter Steinmeier (1956), Ludwig Erhard (1897), Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten (1714), and Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria (1756). After him are Eduard Bernstein (1850), Walter Ulbricht (1893), Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710), Hans Zimmer (1957), Max Stirner (1806), and J. Hans D. Jensen (1907).

Among CHEMISTS In Germany

Among chemists born in Germany, Justus von Liebig ranks 6Before him are Carl Wilhelm Scheele (1742), Otto Hahn (1879), Friedrich Wöhler (1800), Emil Fischer (1852), and Eduard Buchner (1860). After him are Robert Bunsen (1811), Carl Bosch (1874), August Kekulé (1829), Adolf von Baeyer (1835), Adolf Butenandt (1903), and Adolf Windaus (1876).