The fact that Germany alone has so many Nobel Laureates in chemistry aptly describes the country’s grand contribution in the subject. Their research and investigation in the field of chemistry has been exemplary for mankind as it has led to many discoveries and inventions. Germans scientists have contributed in varied sub-fields of chemistry, such as plant pigmentation, thermochemistry, carotenoids, vitamins, discovery in the field of macromolecular chemistry, and so on that have greatly impacted the life of people. Robert Bunsen was amongst the earliest known German chemists of the world. A pioneer in photochemistry, he developed several gas-analytical methods and was also the man behind the Bunsen burner, named after him, which was used in laboratories then. Some other greatest German chemists of all time include Hermann Emil Fischer, Fritz Haber, Richard Kuhn, Otto Hahn, Kurt Alder, Gerhard Ertl and Stefan W Hell. All of them and many more have left an indelible mark on the field of chemistry and impacted our lives with their outstanding work and contribution. Right from Haber’s development and weaponizing of chlorine and other poisonous gases during World War I to Baeyer’s synthesis of indigo that coloured our jeans blue, German chemists need to be credited time and again. With this segment, find out more about famous German chemists.
Fritz HaberFritz Haber

09 December 1868

Otto HahnOtto Hahn

08 March 1879

Manfred EigenManfred Eigen

09 May 1927

Robert BunsenRobert Bunsen

30 March 1811

Carl Bosch Carl Bosch

27 August 1874

Adolf von BaeyerAdolf von Baeyer

31 October 1835

Wilhelm OstwaldWilhelm Ostwald

02 September 1853

Walther NernstWalther Nernst

25 June 1864

Hermann StaudingerHermann Staudinger

23 March 1881

Hermann Emil FischerHermann Emil Fischer

09 October 1852

Karl ZieglerKarl Ziegler

26 November 1898

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Eduard BuchnerEduard Buchner

20 May 1860

Richard KuhnRichard Kuhn

03 December 1900

Gerhard HerzbergGerhard Herzberg

25 December 1904

Hans Fischer Hans Fischer

27 July 1881

Georg WittigGeorg Wittig

16 June 1897

Kurt AlderKurt Alder

10 July 1902

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Otto DielsOtto Diels

23 January 1876

Ernst Otto FischerErnst Otto Fischer

10 November 1918

Konrad BlochKonrad Emil Bloch

21 January 1912

Otto WallachOtto Wallach

27 March 1847

Friedrich Karl Rudolf Bergius Friedrich Bergius

11 October 1884

Hartmut MichelHartmut Michel

18 July 1948

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Paul WaldenPaul Walden

26 July 1863

Max VolmerMax Volmer

03 May 1885

Joachim SauerJoachim Sauer

19 April 1949

Justus von LiebigJustus von Liebig

12 May 1803

Carl Wilhelm ScheeleCarl Wilhelm Scheele

09 December 1742

Friedrich WöhlerFriedrich Wöhler

31 July 1800

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August Wilhelm von HofmannAugust Wilhelm von Hofmann

08 April 1818

Joseph von FraunhoferJoseph von Fraunhofer

06 March 1787

Julius Lothar MeyerJulius Lothar Meyer

19 August 1830

Felix HoffmannFelix Hoffmann

21 January 1868

Johanna BudwigJohanna Budwig

30 September 1908

Charles PfizerCharles Pfizer

22 March 1824

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Fritz StrassmannFritz Strassmann

22 February 1902

Adolf ButenandtAdolf Butenandt

24 March 1903

Martin Heinrich KlaprothMartin Heinrich Klaproth

01 December 1743

Gerhard ErtlGerhard Ertl

10 October 1936

Richard WillstätterRichard Willstätter

13 August 1872

Hans von Euler-ChelpinHans von Euler-Chelpin

15 February 1873

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Friedrich August Kekulé von StradonitzFriedrich August Kekulé von Stradonitz

07 September 1829

John Charles PolanyiJohn Charles Polanyi

23 January 1929

Adolf Otto Reinhold WindausAdolf Otto Reinhold Windaus

25 December 1876