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
Chemist
Otto HahnOtto Hahn
08 March 1879
Chemist

Robert BunsenRobert Bunsen
30 March 1811
Chemist

Carl Bosch Carl Bosch
27 August 1874
Chemist & Engineer

Adolf von BaeyerAdolf von Baeyer
31 October 1835
Chemist

Wilhelm OstwaldWilhelm Ostwald
02 September 1853
Chemist
Walther NernstWalther Nernst
25 June 1864
Physicist and Chemist

Hermann StaudingerHermann Staudinger
23 March 1881
Chemist

Heinrich Otto WielandHeinrich Otto Wieland
04 June 1877
Father of Biochemistry
Karl ZieglerKarl Ziegler
26 November 1898
Chemist

Eduard BuchnerEduard Buchner
20 May 1860
Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
Richard KuhnRichard Kuhn
03 December 1900
Biochemist

Manfred EigenManfred Eigen
09 May 1927
Biophysical Chemist

Hermann Emil FischerHermann Emil Fischer
09 October 1852
Chemist

Hans Fischer Hans Fischer
27 July 1881
Chemist

Kurt AlderKurt Alder
10 July 1902
Chemist
Gerhard HerzbergGerhard Herzberg
25 December 1904
Physical Chemist, Physicist

Georg WittigGeorg Wittig
16 June 1897
Organic Chemist

Konrad BlochKonrad Emil Bloch
21 January 1912
Biochemist

Ernst Otto FischerErnst Otto Fischer
10 November 1918
Chemist
Otto WallachOtto Wallach
27 March 1847
Chemist

Friedrich Karl Rudolf Bergius Friedrich Bergius
11 October 1884
Chemist
Otto DielsOtto Diels
23 January 1876
Chemist

Hartmut MichelHartmut Michel
18 July 1948
Biochemist

Paul WaldenPaul Walden
26 July 1863
Chemist
Max VolmerMax Volmer
03 May 1885
Chemist

Julius Lothar MeyerJulius Lothar Meyer
19 August 1830
Chemist
Joachim SauerJoachim Sauer
19 April 1949
Chemist, University teacher

Justus von LiebigJustus von Liebig
12 May 1803
Scientist

August KekuléAugust Kekulé
07 September 1829
Chemist
Charles PfizerCharles Pfizer
22 March 1824
Chemist, Entrepreneur

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Friedrich WöhlerFriedrich Wöhler
31 July 1800
German chemist
Carl Wilhelm ScheeleCarl Wilhelm Scheele
09 December 1742
chemist, pharmacist

August Wilhelm von HofmannAugust Wilhelm von Hofmann
08 April 1818
Chemist, University teacher

Joseph von FraunhoferJoseph von Fraunhofer
06 March 1787
Physicist, Astronomer, Chemist

Johann Wolfgang DöbereinerJohann Wolfgang Döbereiner
13 December 1780
Chemist
Fritz StrassmannFritz Strassmann
22 February 1902
Chemist, University teacher
George de HevesyGeorge de Hevesy
01 August 1885
Chemist

Hennig BrandHennig Brand
1630 AD
Merchant

Felix HoffmannFelix Hoffmann
21 January 1868
Chemist, Inventor, Pharmacist, Non-fiction writer

Johanna BudwigJohanna Budwig
30 September 1908
Chemist, Biochemist, Inventor, Physician
Martin Heinrich KlaprothMartin Heinrich Klaproth
01 December 1743
Chemist, Pharmacist, University teacher

Adolf ButenandtAdolf Butenandt
24 March 1903
Biochemist, Chemist, Politician, University

Gerhard ErtlGerhard Ertl
10 October 1936
Physicist, Chemist, University teacher

Rudolf Erich RaspeRudolf Erich Raspe
29 February 1736
Librarian

Georg Ernst StahlGeorg Ernst Stahl
22 October 1659
Chemist
Richard WillstätterRichard Willstätter
13 August 1872
Chemist

Christian Friedrich SchönbeinChristian Friedrich Schönbein
18 October 1799
Chemist
Felix Hoppe-SeylerFelix Hoppe-Seyler
26 December 1825
Physiologist

Friedlieb Ferdinand RungeFriedlieb Ferdinand Runge
08 February 1794
Chemist

Hermann KolbeHermann Kolbe
27 September 1818
Chemist
Hans von Euler-ChelpinHans von Euler-Chelpin
15 February 1873
Biochemist

Andreas Sigismund MarggrafAndreas Sigismund Marggraf
03 March 1709
Chemist
Ludwig MondLudwig Mond
07 March 1839
Chemist

Andreas LibaviusAndreas Libavius
1555 AD
Physician

Johann Rudolf GlauberJohann Rudolf Glauber
10 March 1604
Chemist

Ida NoddackIda Noddack
25 February 1896
Chemist

Viktor MeyerViktor Meyer
08 September 1848
Chemist
Richard AbeggRichard Abegg
09 January 1869
Chemist

Ralph F. HirschmannRalph F. Hirschmann
06 May 1922
Chemist

Hans GoldschmidtHans Goldschmidt
18 January 1861
Chemist

Herman FraschHerman Frasch
25 December 1851
Chemist
Eilhard MitscherlichEilhard Mitscherlich
07 January 1794
Chemist

Karl Friedrich MohrKarl Friedrich Mohr
04 November 1806
Chemist
Johannes WislicenusJohannes Wislicenus
24 June 1835
Chemist

Wilhelm Rudolph FittigWilhelm Rudolph Fittig
06 December 1835
Chemist

Ludwig KnorrLudwig Knorr
02 December 1859
Chemist
Gustav EmbdenGustav Embden
10 November 1874
Chemist

Adolf WindausAdolf Windaus
25 December 1876
Chemist
Johann von Löwenstern-KunckelJohann von Löwenstern-Kunckel
1630 AD
Chemist

Arthur Rudolf HantzschArthur Rudolf Hantzsch
07 March 1857
Chemist

Gustav Heinrich Johann Apollon TammannGustav Heinrich Johann Apollon Tammann
09 June 1861
Chemist
Carl Remigius FreseniusCarl Remigius Fresenius
28 December 1818
Chemist

Hermann Franz Moritz KoppHermann Franz Moritz Kopp
30 October 1817
Chemist
Wolfgang OstwaldWolfgang Ostwald
27 May 1883
Chemist

Wilhelm KörnerWilhelm Körner
20 April 1839
Chemist

Carl Dietrich HarriesCarl Dietrich Harries
05 August 1866
Chemist

Carl GraebeCarl Graebe
24 February 1841
Chemist
Henri-Victor RegnaultHenri-Victor Regnault
21 July 1810
Chemist
Clemens Alexander WinklerClemens Alexander Winkler
26 December 1838
Chemist

Isidor TraubeIsidor Traube
31 March 1860
Chemist