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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 317,975 page views. His biography is available in 78 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 75 in 2019). Wilhelm Ostwald is the 16th most popular chemist (up from 17th 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 16 out of 509Before him are Jabir ibn Hayyan, Jöns Jacob Berzelius, Fritz Haber, Linus Pauling, Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff, and Carl Wilhelm Scheele. After him are Friedrich Wöhler, Otto Hahn, Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac, Humphry Davy, Emil Fischer, and Albert Hofmann.

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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, Hussein bin Ali, Sharif of Mecca, Carl Larsson, Chulalongkorn, Albrecht Kossel, Aleksei Brusilov, José Martí, and Vladimir Solovyov. Among people deceased in 1932, Wilhelm Ostwald ranks 1After him are Archduchess Gisela of Austria, Eduard Bernstein, Manuel II of Portugal, Aristide Briand, Giuseppe Peano, Nadezhda Alliluyeva, Ronald Ross, Gustav Meyrink, Alberto Santos-Dumont, Paul Doumer, and George Eastman.

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In Latvia

Among people born in Latvia, Wilhelm Ostwald ranks 2 out of 284Before him are Sergei Eisenstein (1898). After him are Mark Rothko (1903), Mikhail Tal (1936), Isaiah Berlin (1909), Michael Andreas Barclay de Tolly (1761), Nicolai Hartmann (1882), Mikhail Baryshnikov (1948), Mariss Jansons (1943), Kārlis Ulmanis (1877), Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga (1937), and Aron Nimzowitsch (1886).

Among CHEMISTS In Latvia

Among chemists born in Latvia, Wilhelm Ostwald ranks 1After him are Paul Walden (1863), Lina Stern (1878), and Oswald Schmiedeberg (1838).