Wilhelm Ostwald

1853 - 1932

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Friedrich Wilhelm Ostwald (German pronunciation: [ˈvɪlhɛlm ˈɔstˌvalt] (listen); 2 September [O.S. 21 August] 1853 – 4 April 1932) was a Baltic German chemist and philosopher. Ostwald is credited with being one of the founders of the field of physical chemistry, with Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff, Walther Nernst, and Svante Arrhenius. He received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1909 for his scientific contributions to the fields of catalysis, chemical equilibria and reaction velocities.Following his 1906 retirement from academic life, Ostwald became much involved in philosophy, art, and politics. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wilhelm Ostwald has received more than 272,668 page views. His biography is available in 75 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 71 in 2019). Wilhelm Ostwald is the 17th most popular chemist (up from 18th in 2019), the 2nd most popular biography from Latvia and the most popular Latvian Chemist.

Wilhelm Ostwald was a German chemist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1909 for his work on catalysis. Ostwald developed the theory of catalysis, which is the process by which a chemical reaction takes place.

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Among chemists, Wilhelm Ostwald ranks 17 out of 510Before him are Svante Arrhenius, Fritz Haber, Carl Wilhelm Scheele, Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff, Irène Joliot-Curie, and Friedrich Wöhler. After him are Otto Hahn, Humphry Davy, Julius Lothar Meyer, Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac, Albert Hofmann, and Emil Fischer.

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Among people born in 1853, Wilhelm Ostwald ranks 4Before him are Vincent van Gogh, Cecil Rhodes, and Hendrik Lorentz. After him are Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, Chulalongkorn, Aleksei Brusilov, Hussein bin Ali, Sharif of Mecca, Carl Larsson, José Martí, Vladimir Solovyov, and Ferdinand Hodler. Among people deceased in 1932, Wilhelm Ostwald ranks 1After him are Eduard Bernstein, Archduchess Gisela of Austria, Aristide Briand, Manuel II of Portugal, Giuseppe Peano, Paul Doumer, Gustav Meyrink, George Eastman, Nadezhda Alliluyeva, Alberto Santos-Dumont, and Margaret Brown.

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In Latvia

Among people born in Latvia, Wilhelm Ostwald ranks 2 out of 242Before him are Sergei Eisenstein (1898). After him are Mikhail Tal (1936), Mark Rothko (1903), Isaiah Berlin (1909), Michael Andreas Barclay de Tolly (1761), Jānis Lūsis (1939), Nicolai Hartmann (1882), Mariss Jansons (1943), Kārlis Ulmanis (1877), Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga (1937), and Mikhail Baryshnikov (1948).

Among CHEMISTS In Latvia

Among chemists born in Latvia, Wilhelm Ostwald ranks 1After him are Paul Walden (1863) and Lina Stern (1878).