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List of notable or famous chemists from Germany, with bios and photos, including the top chemists born in Germany and even some popular chemists who immigrated to Germany. If you're trying to find out the names of famous German 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 Germany is included when available.

List includes Albertus Magnus, Gerhard Ertl and more.

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

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Albertus Magnus is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Chemists from Germany
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Albertus Magnus, O.P., also known as Albert the Great and Albert of Cologne, is a Catholic saint. He was a German Dominican friar and a Catholic bishop. He was known during his lifetime as doctor universalis and doctor expertus and, late in his life, the term magnus was appended to his name. Scholars such as James A. Weisheipl and Joachim R. Söder have referred to him as the greatest German philosopher and theologian of the Middle Ages. The Catholic Church honours him as a Doctor of the Church, one of only 36 so honoured. ...more

Age: Died at 87 (1193-1280)

Birthplace: Lauingen, Germany

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John Polanyi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Chemists from Germany
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John Charles Polanyi, PC CC FRSC OOnt FRS is a Hungarian-Canadian chemist who won the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, for his research in chemical kinetics. Polanyi was educated at Manchester University, and did postdoctoral research at the National Research Council in Canada and Princeton University in New Jersey. Polanyi's first academic appointment was at the University of Toronto, and he remains there as of 2014. In addition to the Nobel Prize, Polanyi has received numerous other awards, including 33 honorary degrees, the Wolf Prize in Chemistry and the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering. Outside of his scientific pursuits, Polanyi is active in public policy ...more

Age: 89

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

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George de Hevesy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Chemists from Germany
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George Charles de Hevesy was a Hungarian radiochemist and Nobel laureate, recognized in 1943 for his key role in the development of radioactive tracers to study chemical processes such as in the metabolism of animals. He also co-discovered the element hafnium. ...more

Age: Died at 81 (1885-1966)

Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

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Gerhard Ertl is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Chemists from Germany
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Gerhard Ertl is a German physicist and a Professor emeritus at the Department of Physical Chemistry, Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft in Berlin, Germany. Ertl’s research laid the foundation of modern surface chemistry, which has helped explain how fuel cells produce energy without pollution, how catalytic converters clean up car exhausts and even why iron rusts, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said. His work has paved the way for development of cleaner energy sources and will guide the development of fuel cells, said Astrid Graslund, secretary of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry. He was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his studies of chemical processes on ...more

Age: 81

Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany

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