Walther Nernst

1864 - 1941

Photo of Walther Nernst

Icon of person Walther Nernst

Walther Hermann Nernst (German pronunciation: [ˈvaltɐ ˈnɛʁnst] ; 25 June 1864 – 18 November 1941) was a German physicist and physical chemist known for his work in thermodynamics, physical chemistry, electrochemistry, and solid-state physics. His formulation of the Nernst heat theorem helped pave the way for the third law of thermodynamics, for which he won the 1920 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Walther Nernst has received more than 347,578 page views. His biography is available in 73 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 70 in 2019). Walther Nernst is the 32nd most popular chemist (up from 38th in 2019), the 70th most popular biography from Poland (up from 75th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Polish Chemist.

Walther Nernst was a German chemist who is most famous for his work on the Third Law of Thermodynamics. He also developed the Nernst Equation, which is a formula used to calculate the voltage difference between two points in an electric circuit.

Memorability Metrics

  • 350k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 69.19

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 73

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 12.55

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.39

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among chemists, Walther Nernst ranks 32 out of 602Before him are Otto Wallach, Humphry Davy, Justus von Liebig, Casimir Funk, John Howard Northrop, and Ilya Prigogine. After him are Robert Bunsen, Henrik Dam, Tu Youyou, John Stith Pemberton, Gertrude B. Elion, and Carl Bosch.

Most Popular Chemists in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1864, Walther Nernst ranks 8Before him are Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Richard Strauss, Wilhelm Wien, Maurice Leblanc, Alois Alzheimer, and Camille Claudel. After him are Hermann Minkowski, Eleftherios Venizelos, Princess Stéphanie of Belgium, Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine, Miguel de Unamuno, and Alfred Hermann Fried. Among people deceased in 1941, Walther Nernst ranks 11Before him are Virginia Woolf, Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, Alfonso XIII of Spain, Maurice Leblanc, Maximilian Kolbe, and Emanuel Lasker. After him are Arthur Evans, Robert Delaunay, James George Frazer, Paul Sabatier, El Lissitzky, and Ioannis Metaxas.

Others Born in 1864

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 1941

Go to all Rankings

In Poland

Among people born in Poland, Walther Nernst ranks 70 out of 1,694Before him are Albert A. Michelson (1852), Emanuel Lasker (1868), Faustina Kowalska (1905), John II Casimir Vasa (1609), Władysław III of Poland (1424), and Erich von Falkenhayn (1861). After him are Gustav Fechner (1801), Marie Walewska (1786), Anna Jagiellon (1523), Jakob Böhme (1575), Ladislaus I of Hungary (1046), and Werner von Blomberg (1878).

Among CHEMISTS In Poland

Among chemists born in Poland, Walther Nernst ranks 3Before him are Fritz Haber (1868), and Casimir Funk (1884). After him are Kurt Alder (1902), Friedrich Bergius (1884), Tadeusz Reichstein (1897), Konrad Emil Bloch (1912), Clara Immerwahr (1870), Ignacy Mościcki (1867), Johann Wilhelm Ritter (1776), Ignacy Łukasiewicz (1822), and Antoni Grabowski (1857).