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Famous Chemists from Belgium

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List of notable or famous chemists from Belgium, with bios and photos, including the top chemists born in Belgium and even some popular chemists who immigrated to Belgium. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Belgian chemists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These chemists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known chemist from Belgium is included when available.

List contains people like Leo Baekeland and Jan Baptist van Helmont.

This historic chemists from Belgium list can help answer the questions "Who are some Belgian chemists of note?" and "Who are the most famous chemists from Belgium?" These prominent chemists of Belgium may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Belgian chemists.

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    Désiré Charles Emanuel van Monckhoven (1834–1882) was a Belgian chemist, physicist, and photographic researcher. He was also an inventor and author. He wrote several of the earliest books on photography and photographic optics. His original French works were later translated to English and other languages. He invented or developed an enlarger (1864), a dry collodion process (1871), improvements of the carbon print process (1875–80), and improved silver-bromide gelatine emulsions....  more
    • Age: 187
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    Ernest Gaston Joseph Solvay (French: [sɔlvɛ]; 16 April 1838 – 26 May 1922) was a Belgian chemist, industrialist and philanthropist. Born at Rebecq, he was prevented by acute pleurisy from going to university. He worked in his uncle's chemical factory from the age of 21. In 1861, he developed the ammonia-soda process for the manufacturing of soda ash (anhydrous sodium carbonate) from brine (as a source of sodium chloride) and limestone (as a source of calcium carbonate). The process was an improvement over the earlier Leblanc process. He founded the company Solvay & Cie and established his first factory at Couillet (now merged into Charleroi, Belgium) in 1863 and further perfected the...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 84 (1838-1922)
    • Birthplace: Rebecq, Belgium
  • Gilbert Stork (December 31, 1921 – October 21, 2017) was an organic chemist. For a quarter of a century he was the Eugene Higgins Professor of Chemistry Emeritus at Columbia University. He is known for making significant contributions to the total synthesis of natural products, including a lifelong fascination with the synthesis of quinine. In so doing he also made a number of contributions to mechanistic understanding of reactions, and performed pioneering work on enamine chemistry, leading to development of the Stork enamine alkylation. It is believed he was responsible for the first planned stereocontrolled synthesis as well as the first natural product to be synthesised with high...  more
    • Age: 99
    • Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
  • Viscount Ilya Romanovich Prigogine (; Russian: Илья́ Рома́нович Приго́жин; 25 January [O.S. 12 January] 1917 – 28 May 2003) was a physical chemist and Nobel laureate noted for his work on dissipative structures, complex systems, and irreversibility. ...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 86 (1917-2003)
    • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia