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Walther Nernst

1864 - 1941

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Walther Hermann Nernst (German pronunciation: [ˈvaltɐ ˈnɛʁnst] (listen); 25 June 1864 – 18 November 1941) was a German 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 291,170 page views. His biography is available in 70 different languages on Wikipedia. Walther Nernst is the 38th most popular chemist (down from 29th in 2019), the 75th most popular biography from Poland (down from 64th in 2019) and the 2nd 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.

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Among chemists, Walther Nernst ranks 38 out of 509Before him are John Stith Pemberton, Robert Bunsen, William Ramsay, Frederick Sanger, Jan Baptist van Helmont, and Carl Bosch. After him are Gertrude B. Elion, Henrik Dam, Ilya Prigogine, Frederick Soddy, Victor Grignard, and Theodor Svedberg.

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Among people born in 1864, Walther Nernst ranks 10Before him are Alois Alzheimer, Wilhelm Wien, Maurice Leblanc, Camille Claudel, Princess Stéphanie of Belgium, and Erik Axel Karlfeldt. After him are Hermann Minkowski, Alfred Hermann Fried, Eleftherios Venizelos, Miguel de Unamuno, Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine, and Nellie Bly. Among people deceased in 1941, Walther Nernst ranks 15Before him are Maurice Leblanc, James George Frazer, Arthur Evans, Robert Delaunay, Frederick Banting, and Emanuel Lasker. After him are Ioannis Metaxas, Paul Sabatier, El Lissitzky, Marina Tsvetaeva, Hans Spemann, and Ernst Udet.

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In Poland

Among people born in Poland, Walther Nernst ranks 75 out of 1,454Before him are Emanuel Lasker (1868), Gustav Fechner (1801), Andrzej Sapkowski (1948), Casimir IV Jagiellon (1427), Maria Feodorovna (1759), and Norbert Elias (1897). After him are John II Casimir Vasa (1609), Pola Negri (1897), Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen (1895), Anna Jagiellon (1523), Horst Köhler (1943), and Benoit Mandelbrot (1924).

Among CHEMISTS In Poland

Among chemists born in Poland, Walther Nernst ranks 2Before him are Fritz Haber (1868). After him are Kurt Alder (1902), Friedrich Bergius (1884), Tadeusz Reichstein (1897), Konrad Emil Bloch (1912), Clara Immerwahr (1870), Antoni Grabowski (1857), Casimir Funk (1884), Johann Wilhelm Ritter (1776), Ignacy Mościcki (1867), and Ignacy Łukasiewicz (1822).