Lars Onsager

1903 - 1976

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Lars Onsager (November 27, 1903 – October 5, 1976) was a Norwegian American physical chemist and theoretical physicist. He held the Gibbs Professorship of Theoretical Chemistry at Yale University. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lars Onsager has received more than 295,017 page views. His biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). Lars Onsager is the 131st most popular chemist (down from 122nd in 2019), the 39th most popular biography from Norway (up from 40th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Norwegian Chemist.

Lars Onsager is most famous for his work on the principle of thermodynamic reversibility.

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Among chemists, Lars Onsager ranks 131 out of 602Before him are Clara Immerwahr, Dan Shechtman, Jean-Marie Lehn, Ignacy Mościcki, Raymond Davis Jr., and Wendell Meredith Stanley. After him are Ronald George Wreyford Norrish, William Howard Stein, Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky, Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Glenn T. Seaborg, and Marie-Anne Paulze Lavoisier.

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Among people born in 1903, Lars Onsager ranks 40Before him are Irène Némirovsky, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Matthias Sindelar, Haldan Keffer Hartline, Bruno Bettelheim, and Julius Fučík. After him are Georg Elser, Alec Douglas-Home, Empress Kōjun, Bing Crosby, John Eccles, and Andrei Grechko. Among people deceased in 1976, Lars Onsager ranks 34Before him are Gustav Heinemann, Alexander Calder, Rudolf Bultmann, Juscelino Kubitschek, Dalton Trumbo, and Benjamin Graham. After him are Émile Benveniste, Anneliese Michel, Tove Ditlevsen, Andrei Grechko, Prince Paul of Yugoslavia, and René Cassin.

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In Norway

Among people born in Norway, Lars Onsager ranks 39 out of 1,039Before him are Harald Hardrada (1015), Odd Hassel (1897), Christian Lous Lange (1869), Peder Severin Krøyer (1851), Magnus IV of Sweden (1316), and Haakon the Good (918). After him are Magnus the Good (1024), Gustav Vigeland (1869), Haakon IV of Norway (1204), Trygve Haavelmo (1911), Sophus Lie (1842), and Ivar Giaever (1929).

Among CHEMISTS In Norway

Among chemists born in Norway, Lars Onsager ranks 2Before him are Odd Hassel (1897). After him are Kristian Birkeland (1867), and Peter Waage (1833).