Chemists in History (Part 2)

Chemistry: Alchemists - Biochemists

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 295

  • 1852-10-02 William Ramsay, Scottish chemist who discovered noble gases (Nobel 1904), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1916)

Person of interestEmil Fischer

1852-10-09 [Hermann] Emil Fischer, German chemist, discovered Fischer esterification (Nobel Prize 1902), born in Euskirchen, Rhine Province (d. 1919)

Chemist and Nobel Laureate Emil Fischer
Chemist and Nobel Laureate
Emil Fischer
  • 1853-09-02 Wilhelm Ostwald, German physical chemist (Nobel 1909)
  • 1854-10-24 Hendrik Willem Bakhuis Roozeboom, Dutch chemist (Heterogenen Gleichgewichte), born in Alkmaar, Netherlands (d. 1907)
  • 1854-11-05 Paul Sabatier, French chemist (Nobel 1912 - improving the hydrogenation of organic species in the presence of metals), born in Carcassonne, France (d. 1941)
  • 1859-02-19 Svante August Arhenius, Swedish physicist/chemist (Nobel 1903)
  • 1860-03-31 Isidor Traube, Hildesheim Hanover, German Chemist (founded capillary chemistry, research on liquids)
  • 1860-05-20 Eduard Buchner, German chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1917)
  • 1860-07-11 Johannes van Laar, Dutch chemist (thermodynamics), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1938)
  • 1860-09-28 Paul Ulrich Villard, French chemist and physicist who discovered gamma rays, born in Saint-Germain-au-Mont-d'Or, France (d. 1934)
  • 1861-01-18 Hans Goldschmidt, German chemist
  • 1861-08-02 Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray, Bengali chemist (founder of Bengal Chemicals And Pharmaceuticals), born in Khulna, British India (d. 1944)
  • 1863-07-26 Paul Walden, Latvian chemist (Walden inversion, room-temperature ionic liquid, ethylammonium nitrate), born in Rozulas, Governorate of Livonia, Russian Empire (d. 1957)
  • 1863-08-30 Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky, Russian photographer and chemist, born in Muron, Russia (d. 1944)

Person of interestLeo Baekeland

1863-11-14 Leo Baekeland, Belgian-American chemist and inventor (bakelite plastics), born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1944)

Chemist Leo Baekeland
Chemist
Leo Baekeland
  • 1863-12-06 Charles Martin Hall, American chemist and investor, born in Thompson, Ohio (d. 1914)
  • 1863-12-15 Arthur Dehon Little, American chemist (patented rayon), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1935)
  • 1864-06-25 Walther Hermann Nernst, Prussian physicist and chemist (Nobel 1920), born in Briesen, West Prussia (d. 1941)
  • 1865-04-01 Richard Zsigmondy, German chemist (Nobel-1925)
  • 1866-08-05 Carl Dietrich Harries, German chemist (developed synthetic rubber), born in Luckenwalde, Germany (d. 1923)
  • 1866-12-12 Alfred Werner, Swiss chemist (Nobel 1913), born in Mulhouse, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, France (d. 1919)
  • 1867-11-21 Vladimir Ipatieff, Russian-American chemist, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1952)
  • 1868-01-09 S. P. L. Sørensen, Danish chemist (d. 1939)
  • 1868-01-31 Theodore William Richards, chemist (atomic weights, Nobel-1914)
  • 1868-08-22 Willis Rodney Whitney, American Chemist, founder of the General Electric research laboratory, and pioneer of industrial scientific research, born in Jamestown, NY (d. 1958)
  • 1868-12-09 Fritz Haber, German physicist and chemist (Nobel 1918), born in Breslau, Prussia (d. 1934)
  • 1869-03-07 Ernst Cohen, Dutch chemist, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1944)
  • 1870-01-16 Wilhelm Normann, German chemist (hardening of oils)
  • 1870-06-21 Clara Immerwahr, German chemist, first woman to be awarded a doctorate in chemistry in Germany, born in Polkendorf, Silesia Province, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1915)
  • 1870-11-03 John Motley Morehead III, American chemist (commercial production of calcium carbide, important for welding), born in Spray, North Carolina (d. 1922)
  • 1871-05-06 Victor Grignard, French chemist (Nobel 1912 - development of the Grignard reaction), born in Cherbourg, France (d. 1935)
  • 1872-08-13 Richard Willstätter, German chemist (Nobel 1915), born in Karlsruhe, Baden (d. 1942)
  • 1874-07-14 Andre Debierne, French chemist/physicist (Actinium)
  • 1874-07-25 Sergey Vasilyevich Lebedev, Russian Chemist who invented the first commercially viable and mass-produced synthetic rubber, born in Lublin, Poland (d. 1934)
  • 1874-08-27 Carl Bosch, German chemist (BASF, Nobel 1931), born in Cologne, German Empire (d. 1940)
  • 1874-10-26 Martin Lowry, English chemist (Brønsted–Lowry acid–base theory), born in Low Moor, Bradford (d. 1936)
  • 1875-10-23 Gilbert N. Lewis, American chemist (d. 1946)
  • 1876-06-13 William Sealy Gosset, English statistician (Student's t-distribution), born in Canterbury, Kent, England (d. 1937)
  • 1877-06-04 Heinrich Otto Wieland, German chemist (bile acids-Nobel 1927), born in Pforzheim, Baden, Germany (d. 1957)

Person of interestFrederick Soddy

1877-09-02 Frederick Soddy, English chemist, Nobel laureate, (d. 1956), born in Eastbourne, Sussex (d. 1956)

Nobel Laureate Chemist Frederick Soddy
Nobel Laureate Chemist
Frederick Soddy
  • 1878-02-14 Julius Nieuwland, Belgian-American chemist (inventor of neoprene), born in Hansbeke, Belgium (d. 1936)
  • 1879-03-08 Otto Hahn, German physicist and chemist (Nobel 1944, radiothorium/actinium), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1968)
  • 1879-03-11 Niels Bjerrum, Danish chemist (ph tests)
  • 1879-07-10 Harry Nicholls Holmes, American chemist (crystallized vitamin A), born in Fayetteville, Pennsylvania (d. 1958)
  • 1880-08-07 Ernst Laqueur, chemist/pharmacology/psychology (sexual hormones)
  • 1881-03-20 Eugène Schueller, French chemist, founder of L'Oréal, born in Paris, France (d. 1957)
  • 1881-03-23 Hermann Staudinger, German chemist/plastics researcher (Nobel '53)

Person of interestHans Fischer

1881-07-27 Hans Fischer, German organic chemist (Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1930), born in Hoechst, Germany (d. 1945)

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Hans Fischer
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Hans Fischer
  • 1881-11-16 Joel H. Hildebrand, American chemist and educator (research led to new treatments for divers with the 'bends' through the use of helium and oxygen breathing mixtures), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 1983)
  • 1881-12-31 Colin G Fink, American chemist (electro chemistry), born in Hoboken, New Jersey
  • 1883-03-29 Donald Dexter Van Slyke, American chemist (Micromanometric analysis), born in Pike, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1884-03-24 Peter Debye, Holland, physical chemist (Nobel 1936)
  • 1884-03-25 Georges Imbert, Alsatian chemist (d. 1950)
  • 1884-07-03 Moses Leverock Crossley, Dutch bio-chemist, born in Saba, Dutch West Indies
  • 1884-08-30 Theodor Svedberg, Swedish chemist, worked with colloids (Nobel 1926), born in Fleräng, Valbo, Gävleborg, Sweden (d. 1971)
  • 1884-08-31 George Al Sarton, Belgian-American chemist and historian, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1956)
  • 1884-10-11 Friedrich Bergius, German chemist (benzine from brown coal, Nobel 1931), born in Breslau (Wrocław), Germany (d. 1949)
  • 1885-08-01 George de Hevesy, Hungarian radiochemist (Nobel 1943), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1966)
  • 1885-08-23 Henry Thomas Tizard, English chemist and inventor, born in Gillingham, Kent, England (d. 1959)
  • 1886-03-08 Edward Calvin Kendall, American chemist, isolated cortisone (Nobel 1950), born in South Norwalk, Connecticut (d. 1972)
  • 1887-08-31 Friedrich A Paneth, Austrian-British chemist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1958)
  • 1887-09-13 Leopold Ružička, Croatian-Swiss chemist (Nobel 1939), born in Vukovar, Croatia (d. 1976)
  • 1887-11-19 James B. Sumner, American chemist (Nobel 1946 - discovered that enzymes can be crystallized), born in Canton, Massachusetts (d. 1955)
  • 1889-04-21 Paul Karrer, Swiss organic chemist (Nobel 1937), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1971)
  • 1889-05-18 Thomas Midgley, American chemist and inventor (d. 1944)
  • 1891-03-12 Michael Polany, Hungarian/English chemist/economist/sociologist
  • 1891-05-15 Fritz Feigl, Austrian Brazilian chemist (spot tests), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1971)
  • 1892-06-22 N. Howell Furman, American Chemist whose work on separating uranium contributed to the development of the atomic bomb
  • 1892-07-24 Alice Ball, African American chemist (developed treatment for leprosy), born in Seattle Washington (d. 1916)
  • 1893-03-26 James B. Conant, American chemist and President of Harvard University, born in Dorchester, Massachusetts (d. 1978)
  • 1893-04-29 Harold Urey, American physical chemist (Deuterium, Nobel 1934), born in Walkerton, Indiana (d. 1981)
  • 1893-10-28 Christopher Kelk Ingold, English chemist (Cahn–Ingold–Prelog priority rules), born in London (d. 1970)
  • 1893-11-13 Edward A. Doisy Sr, American bio-chemist (Vitamin K1, Nobel 1943), born in Hume, Illinois (d. 1986)
  • 1894-02-11 Isaac M Kolthoff, chemist (Massenanalyse)
  • 1894-06-20 Lloyd Hall, African-American chemist and pioneer in food chemistry (science of food preservation), born in Elgin, Illinois (d. 1971)
  • 1895-01-15 Artturi Ilmari Virtanen, Finnish chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1973)
  • 1896-04-15 Nikolay Nikolayevich Semyonov, Russian chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1986)
  • 1896-04-27 Wallace Hume Carothers, American chemist and inventor (nylon), born in Burlington, Iowa (d. 1937)
  • 1896-06-07 Robert S. Mulliken, American chemist and physicist (Nobel 1966), born in Newburyport, Massachusetts (d. 1986)
  • 1896-08-09 Erich Hückel, German physicist and physical chemist, born in Berlin, German Empire (d. 1980)
  • 1896-12-15 Carl Ferdinand Cori, Czech-American bio-chemist (Nobel 1947-discovery of how glycogen (animal starch) – a derivative of glucose – is broken down and resynthesized in the body, for use as a store and source of energy), born in Prague (d. 1984)
  • 1897-05-17 Odd Hassel, Norwegian chemist (Nobel 1969 - the study of the three-dimensional geometric structure of molecules), born in Kristiana, Norway (d. 1981)
  • 1897-06-16 Georg Wittig, German chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1987)
  • 1897-07-20 Tadeusz Reichstein, Swiss chemist (Nobel 1950)

Person of interestIrene Joliot-Curie

1897-09-12 Irene Joliot-Curie, French physicist, (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1935), born in Paris, France (d. 1956), daughter of Marie Curie

Physicist and Chemist Irene Joliot-Curie
Physicist and Chemist
Irene Joliot-Curie
  • 1897-11-09 Ronald G W Norrish, British chemist (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1967), born in Cambridge, England (d. 1978)
  • 1898-02-25 William Thomas Astbury, English physicist/chemist (textiles)

Person of interestKarl Ziegler

1898-11-26 Karl Ziegler, German chemist and Nobel Laureate (polymers), born in Helsa, German Empire (d. 1973)

Chemist/Nobel Laureate Karl Ziegler
Chemist/Nobel Laureate
Karl Ziegler
  • 1899-01-12 Paul H Muller, Swiss chemist (DDT-Nobel 1948), born in Olten, Switzerland (d. 1965)
  • 1899-03-26 James B. Connant, American chemist, President of Harvard and diplomat, born in Dorchester, Massachusetts (d. 1978)

Person of interestPercy Lavon Julian

1899-04-11 Percy Lavon Julian, African American chemist who received 130 patents, pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants, born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1975)

  • 1899-04-16 Osman Achmatowicz, Polish chemist, born in Bergaliszki (d. 1988)
  • 1899-08-19 Franz C. Schmelkes, Czech-born Chemist who discovered azochloramid (chlorazodin), widely used as a disinfectant to sterilize wounds and burns, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1900-11-18 George Kistiakowsky, Ukrainian-American chemist who helped develop the first atomic bomb (Manhattan Project), but later opposed nuclear weapons, born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1982)
  • 1901-02-20 Henry Eyring, Mexican/US chemist

Person of interestLinus Pauling

1901-02-28 Linus Pauling, American chemist and peace activist (Nobel 1954, 1962), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1994)

Chemist & Peace Activist Linus Pauling
Chemist & Peace Activist
Linus Pauling
  • 1902-06-16 Kornelis Posthumus, Dutch chemist
  • 1902-07-10 Kurt Alder, German chemist (Nobel 1950), born in Königshütte, Upper Silesia (d.1958)
  • 1902-08-10 Arne Tiselius, Swedish chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1971)
  • 1902-10-22 Frank Spedding, Canadian Chemist whose uranium extraction process helped make possible the first atomic bomb, born in Hamilton, Ontario

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 200 of 259

  • 1922-07-22 Jokichi Takamine, Japanese-American biochemist who isolated adrenalin (epinephrine), which causes the body to respond to emergencies, the first pure hormone isolated from natural sources, dies at 67
  • 1922-07-22 John Motley Morehead III, American chemist (commercial production of calcium carbide, important for welding), dies at 67
  • 1923-03-27 James Dewar, Scottish chemist and physicist (Dewarfles/cordiet), dies at 80
  • 1923-05-20 Hans Goldschmidt, German chemist, dies
  • 1927-03-04 Ira Remsen American chemist (b. 1846)
  • 1927-10-02 Svante August Arrhenius, chemist, dies
  • 1928-04-02 Theodore Richards, US chemist (atomic weight, Nobel 1914), dies
  • 1929-09-23 Richard A Zsigmondy, Austria chemist (Nobel 1925), dies at 64
  • 1930-06-30 Harvey W. Wiley, American chemist known for leadership in the passage of the landmark Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, dies at 85
  • 1930-12-13 Fritz Pregl, Slovenian/Austrian chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1869)
  • 1931-02-26 Otto Wallach, German chemist (Nobel 1910), dies at 83
  • 1931-07-02 Stephen Babcock, American agricultural chemist (Babcock test and father of scientific dairying), dies at 87
  • 1932-04-04 Wilhelm Ostwald, physical chemist (Nobel 1909), dies
  • 1934-01-13 Paul Ulrich Villard, French chemist and physicist who discovered gamma rays, dies at 73
  • 1934-01-29 Fritz Haber, German physicist and chemist (Nobel 1918), dies at 65
  • 1934-05-02 Sergey Vasilyevich Lebedev, Russian Chemist who invented the first commercially viable and mass-produced synthetic rubber, dies at 59
  • 1934-11-16 Carl von Linde, German engineer and chemist who invented mechanical refrigeration, dies at 92
  • 1935-08-01 Arthur Dehon Little, American chemist (patented rayon), dies at 71
  • 1935-12-13 Victor Grignard, French chemist (Nobel 1912 - development of the Grignard reaction), dies at 64
  • 1936-06-11 Julius Nieuwland, Belgian-American chemist (inventor of neoprene), dies at 58
  • 1936-11-02 Martin Lowry, English chemist (Brønsted–Lowry acid–base theory), dies at 62
  • 1940-04-26 Carl Bosch, German chemist (BASF, IG Farben, Nobel 1931), dies at 65
  • 1941-08-14 Paul Sabatier, French chemist (Nobel 1912 - improving the hydrogenation of organic species in the presence of metals), dies at 86
  • 1941-11-18 Walter H Nernst, German chemist (Nobel Prize 1920), dies at 77
  • 1941-11-18 Walther Hermann Nernst, Prussian physicist and chemist (Nobel 1920), dies at 77
  • 1942-08-03 Richard Willstätter, German chemist (Nobel 1915), dies at 69
  • 1942-12-11 Franz C. Schmelkes, Czech-born Chemist who discovered azochloramid (chlorazodin), a disinfectant, dies of a heart attack at 43
  • 1943-10-27 Isidor Traube, German Chemist (founded capillary chemistry, research on liquids), dies at 83

Person of interestLeo Baekeland

1944-02-23 Leo Baekeland, Belgian-American chemist and inventor (bakelite plastics), dies at 80

Chemist Leo Baekeland
Chemist
Leo Baekeland
  • 1944-03-06 Ernst Cohen, Dutch chemist, gassed at Auschwitz concentration camp at 74
  • 1944-06-16 Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray, Bengali chemist (founder of Bengal Chemicals And Pharmaceuticals), dies at 82
  • 1944-09-27 Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky, Russian photographer and chemist, dies at 81
  • 1944-11-02 Thomas Midgley, American chemist and inventor (b. 1889)

Person of interestHans Fischer

1945-03-31 Hans Fischer, German organic chemist (Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1930), commits suicide at 63

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Hans Fischer
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Hans Fischer
  • 1945-11-20 Francis William Aston, British chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1877)
  • 1946-03-23 Gilbert N. Lewis, American Chemist (atomic theory), dies at 70
  • 1946-05-30 Louis Slotin, Canadian Physicist and Chemist at Los Alamos, dies of radiation poisoning at 35 (b. 1910)
  • 1947-08-19 Ernst Laqueur, Dut chemist/psychologist (sexual hormones), dies at 67
  • 1949-03-30 Friedrich Bergius, German chemist (benzine from brown coal, Nobel 1931), dies at 64
  • 1949-08-31 Andre Debierne, French chemist/physicist (actinium), dies
  • 1950-02-06 Georges Imbert, Alsatian chemist (b. 1884)
  • 1952-11-09 Chaim Weizmann, Israeli statesman and Zionist leader (1st President of Israel 1949-52), dies at 77
  • 1952-11-29 Vladimir Ipatieff, Russian-American chemist, dies at 85
  • 1953-09-16 Colin G Fink, US chemist (electro-chemistry), dies
  • 1955-08-12 James B. Sumner, American chemist (Nobel 1946 - discovered that enzymes can be crystallized), dies at 67
  • 1956-03-22 George Al Sarton, Belgian-American chemist and historian, dies at 71
Nobel Laureate Chemist Frederick Soddy
Nobel Laureate Chemist
Frederick Soddy
  • 1957-01-22 Paul Walden, Latvian chemist (Walden inversion, room-temperature ionic liquid, ethylammonium nitrate), dies at 93
  • 1957-08-05 Heinrich Otto Wieland, German chemist (bile acids-Nobel 1927), dies at 80
  • 1957-08-16 Irving Langmuir, American chemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1881)
  • 1957-08-23 Eugène Schueller, French chemist, founder of L'Oréal, dies at 76
  • 1958-01-09 Willis Rodney Whitney, American Chemist, founder of the General Electric research laboratory, and pioneer of industrial scientific research, dies at 89

Person of interestRosalind Franklin

1958-04-16 Rosalind Franklin, English chemist and co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, dies of ovarian cancer at 37

Chemist and Molecular Biologist Rosalind Franklin
Chemist and Molecular Biologist
Rosalind Franklin
  • 1958-06-20 Kurt Alder, German chemist (Nobel 1950), dies at 55
  • 1958-07-01 Harry Nicholls Holmes, American chemist (crystallized vitamin A), dies at 78
  • 1958-09-17 Friedrich Adolf Paneth, Austrian/British chemist, dies at 71
  • 1958-09-30 Niels Bjerrum, Danish chemist (ph-stipulation), dies at 79
  • 1962-09-08 Hermann Standiger, German chemist (Nobel 1953), dies at 84
  • 1965-06-19 James Collip, Canadian biochemist and physiologist (insulin), dies at 72
  • 1965-08-02 N. Howell Furman, American Chemist whose work on separating uranium contributed to the development of the atomic bomb, dies at 73
  • 1965-10-13 Paul H Muller, Swiss chemist (DDT-Nobel 1948), dies at 66
  • 1966-07-05 George de Hevesy, Hungarian radiochemist (Nobel 1943), dies at 80
  • 1966-11-02 Peter Debye, Dutch-American Physical Chemist (Nobel 1936), dies at 82
  • 1967-07-31 Richard Kuhn, Austrian-German biochemist (Nobel 1938-work on carotenoids and vitamins), dies at 66
  • 1968-07-28 Otto Hahn, German physicist and chemist (Nobel 1944, radiothorium/actinium), dies at 89
  • 1970-12-08 Christopher Kelk Ingold, English chemist (Cahn–Ingold–Prelog priority rules), dies at 77
  • 1971-01-02 Lloyd Hall, African-American chemist & pioneer in food chemistry (science of food preservation), dies at 76
  • 1971-01-23 Fritz Feigl, Austria-born chemist (b. 1871)
  • 1971-02-25 Theodor Svedberg, Swedish chemist, worked with colloids (Nobel 1926), dies at 86
  • 1971-05-04 Donald Dexter Van Slyke, American chemist (Micromanometric analysis), dies at 88
  • 1971-06-15 Wendell Meredith Stanley, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
  • 1971-06-18 Paul Karrer, Swiss organic chemist (Nobel 1937), dies at 82
  • 1972-05-04 Edward Calvin Kendall, American chemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1886)
  • 1972-09-01 Kees Posthumus, Dutch chemist, dies at 70

Person of interestKarl Ziegler

1973-08-12 Karl Ziegler, German chemist and Nobel Laureate (polymers), dies at 74

Chemist/Nobel Laureate Karl Ziegler
Chemist/Nobel Laureate
Karl Ziegler
  • 1973-11-11 Artturi Ilmari Virtanen, Finnish Chemist and Nobel laureate, dies at 78
  • 1974-01-07 Charles Alfred Coulson, British chemist (theoretical), dies at 63
  • 1975-02-08 Robert Robinson, British chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1886)

Person of interestPercy Lavon Julian

1975-04-19 Percy Lavon Julian, African American chemist who received 130 patents, pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants, dies at 76

  • 1976-02-22 Michael Polany, Hungarians/English chemist/sociologist, dies at 84
  • 1976-09-26 Leopold Ružička, Croatian-Swiss chemist (Nobel 1939), dies at 89
  • 1976-10-05 Lars Onsager, Norwegian chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1903)
  • 1978-02-11 James B. Conant, American chemist and President of Harvard University, dies at 84
  • 1978-06-07 Ronald George Wreyford Norrish, British chemist, Nobel Prize laureate 1967, dies at 80
  • 1978-12-11 Vincent du Vigneaud, American chemist and Nobel laureate (b. 1901)
  • 1979-05-02 Giulio Natta, Italian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1903)
  • 1979-07-08 Robert B. Woodward, American organic chemist (Nobel 1965), dies at 62
  • 1979-08-12 Ernst B. Chain, German-British chemist and bacteriologist (penicillin, Nobel 1945), dies at 73
  • 1980-02-16 Erich Hückel, German physicist and physical chemist, dies at 83
  • 1980-07-01 Charles P. Snow, English novelist (Death Under Sail, Strangers and Brothers) and physical chemist, dies at 74

Person of interestWillard Libby

1980-09-08 Willard Libby, American chemist who developed radiocarbon dating (Nobel 1960), dies of pneumonia at 71

Chemist Willard Libby
Chemist
Willard Libby
  • 1981-01-05 Harold Urey, American physical chemist (Deuterium, Nobel 1934), dies at 87
  • 1981-05-11 Odd Hassel, Norwegian chemist (Nobel 1969 - the study of the three-dimensional geometric structure of molecules), dies at 83
  • 1982-03-28 William Giauque, Canadian chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1895)
  • 1982-04-09 Robert H G Havemann, German chemist/dissident, dies
  • 1982-12-07 George Kistiakowsky, Ukrainian-American chemist who helped develop the first atomic bomb (Manhattan Project) but later opposed nuclear weapons, dies at 82
  • 1983-04-30 Joel H. Hildebrand, American chemist and educator (research led to new treatments for divers with the 'bends' through the use of helium and oxygen breathing mixtures), dies at 101
  • 1984-10-20 Carl Ferdinand Cori, Czech-American bio-chemist (Nobel 1947-discovery of how glycogen (animal starch) – a derivative of glucose – is broken down and resynthesized in the body, for use as a store and source of energy), dies at 87
  • 1984-12-15 Frank Spedding, Canadian Chemist whose uranium extraction process helped make possible the first atomic bomb, dies at 82
  • 1985-09-09 Paul Flory, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1910)

Famous Chemists