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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
Dec. at 87 (1193-1280)
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 ...more
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John Polanyi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Chemists from Germany
age 90
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 ...more
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George de Hevesy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Chemists from Germany
Dec. at 81 (1885-1966)
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 ...more
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Gerhard Ertl is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Chemists from Germany
age 82
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 ...more
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Carl Reichenbach is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Chemists from Germany
Dec. at 81 (1788-1869)
Baron Dr. Carl Ludwig von Reichenbach was a notable chemist, geologist, metallurgist, naturalist, industrialist and philosopher, and a member of the prestigious Prussian Academy of Sciences. He ...more
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Fritz Haber is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Chemists from Germany
Dec. at 66 (1868-1934)
Fritz Haber was a German chemist of Jewish origin who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1918 for his development of the Haber process, which was the first industrially perfected method of ...more
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Magnus von Braun is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Chemists from Germany
Dec. at 84 (1919-2003)
Magnus "Mac" Freiherr von Braun was a German chemical engineer, Luftwaffe aviator, and rocket scientist at Peenemünde, the Mittelwerk, and after emigrating to the United States ...more
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Gerhard Herzberg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Chemists from Germany
Dec. at 95 (1904-1999)
Gerhard Heinrich Friedrich Otto Julius Herzberg, PC CC FRSC FRS was a German-Canadian pioneering physicist and physical chemist, who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1971, "for his ...more
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Karl Wilhelm von Kupffer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Chemists from Germany
Dec. at 73 (1829-1902)
Karl Wilhelm von Kupffer was a Baltic German anatomist who discovered stellate macrophage cells that bear his name.
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Robert Bunsen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Chemists from Germany
Dec. at 88 (1811-1899)
Robert Wilhelm Eberhard Bunsen was a German chemist. He investigated emission spectra of heated elements, and discovered caesium and rubidium with the physicist Gustav Kirchhoff. Bunsen ...more
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Felix Hoffmann is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Chemists from Germany
Dec. at 78 (1868-1946)
Felix Hoffmann was a German chemist, credited for the first synthesized medically useful forms of heroin and aspirin, while he was employed as a chemist at BayerAG.
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Hans Adolf Krebs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Chemists from Germany
Dec. at 81 (1900-1981)
Sir Hans Adolf Krebs was a German-born British physician and biochemist. He was the pioneer scientist in study of cellular respiration, a biochemical pathway in cells for production of energy. ...more
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Fritz Albert Lipmann is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Chemists from Germany
Dec. at 87 (1899-1986)
Fritz Albert Lipmann, ForMemRS was a German-American biochemist and a co-discoverer in 1945 of coenzyme A. For this, together with other research on coenzyme A, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in ...more
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Ludwig Mond is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Chemists from Germany
Dec. at 70 (1839-1909)
Dr Ludwig Mond, was a German-born chemist and industrialist who took British nationality.
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Otto Fritz Meyerhof is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Chemists from Germany
Dec. at 67 (1884-1951)
Otto Fritz Meyerhof ForMemRS was a German physician and biochemist.
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Heinrich Gustav Magnus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Chemists from Germany
Dec. at 68 (1802-1870)
Heinrich Gustav Magnus was a notable experimental scientist. His training was mostly in chemistry but his later research was mostly in physics. He spent the great bulk of his career at the ...more
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Samuel Mitja Rapoport is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Chemists from Germany
Dec. at 92 (1912-2004)
Samuel Mitja Rapoport was a prominent physician, biochemist, European Jewish émigré, and Communist who fled to East Germany from McCarthyite persecution in the United States.
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Hertha Sponer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Chemists from Germany
Dec. at 73 (1895-1968)
Hertha Sponer was a German physicist and chemist who contributed to modern quantum mechanics and molecular physics and was the first woman on the physics faculty of Duke University.
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Konrad Emil Bloch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Chemists from Germany
Dec. at 88 (1912-2000)
Konrad Emil Bloch, ForMemRS was a German American biochemist. Bloch received the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology in 1964 for discoveries concerning the mechanism and regulation of the ...more
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Hans Hellmann is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Chemists from Germany
Dec. at 35 (1903-1938)
Hans Gustav Adolf Hellmann was a German theoretical physicist. Hellmann was born in Wilhelmshaven, Prussian Hanover. He began studying electrical engineering in Stuttgart, but changed to ...more
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Heinz Fraenkel-Conrat is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Chemists from Germany
Dec. at 89 (1910-1999)
Heinz Ludwig Fraenkel-Conrat was a biochemist, famous for his viral research. Fraenkel-Conrat was born in Breslau/Germany and received an MD from the University of Breslau in 1933. Due to the ...more
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Hermann Wilhelm Vogel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Chemists from Germany
Dec. at 64 (1834-1898)
Hermann Wilhelm Vogel was a German photochemist and photographer who discovered dye sensitization, which is of great importance to photography.
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Eilhard Mitscherlich is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Chemists from Germany
Dec. at 69 (1794-1863)
Eilhard Mitscherlich was a German chemist, who is perhaps best remembered today for his law of isomorphism, which states that compounds crystallizing together probably have similar structures ...more
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Justus von Liebig is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Chemists from Germany
Dec. at 70 (1803-1873)
Justus Freiherr von Liebig was a German chemist who made major contributions to agricultural and biological chemistry, and was considered the founder of organic chemistry. As a professor at the ...more
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Richard Kuhn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Chemists from Germany
Dec. at 67 (1900-1967)
Richard Kuhn was an Austrian-German biochemist and Nobel laureate.