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Justus von Liebig

1803 - 1873

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Justus Freiherr von Liebig (12 May 1803 – 18 April 1873) was a German scientist who made major contributions to agricultural and biological chemistry, and 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 trace minerals as essential plant nutrients, and his formulation of the law of the minimum, which described how plant growth relied on 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 625,705 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 63 in 2019). Justus von Liebig is the 28th most popular chemist (down from 24th in 2019), the 256th most popular biography from Germany (down from 198th 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 509Before him are Albert Hofmann, Edwin McMillan, Henri Moissan, Alfred Werner, Eduard Buchner, and Otto Wallach. After him are Adolf von Baeyer, August Kekulé, Valery Legasov, John Stith Pemberton, Robert Bunsen, and William Ramsay.

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

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Justus von Liebig ranks 256 out of 6,142Before him are Ernst Jünger (1895), Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk (1887), Elizabeth Charlotte, Madame Palatine (1652), Max Stirner (1806), Julius Streicher (1885), and Helmut Schmidt (1918). After him are Maria Sibylla Merian (1647), Adolf von Baeyer (1835), Carl Schmitt (1888), Frederick William, Elector of Brandenburg (1620), Heinrich von Kleist (1777), and Klaus Barbie (1913).

Among CHEMISTS In Germany

Among chemists born in Germany, Justus von Liebig ranks 6Before him are Carl Wilhelm Scheele (1742), Friedrich Wöhler (1800), Otto Hahn (1879), Emil Fischer (1852), and Eduard Buchner (1860). After him are Adolf von Baeyer (1835), August Kekulé (1829), Robert Bunsen (1811), Carl Bosch (1874), Julius Lothar Meyer (1830), and Adolf Butenandt (1903).