List of famous physical chemists with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

Physical chemists study the physical properties and chemical compositions of substances, and analyze why certain materials react or behave the way they do. Physical chemistry is the branch of chemistry that deals with the physical structure of chemical compounds and they way they react when they come in contact with other compounds, the energy they possess and the bonds that hold their atoms together. It is a macroscopic or supra-molecular science that uses the principles and concepts of physics to understand chemical systems. Physical chemists work at the atomic and molecular level of materials—solid, liquid or gas—to discover and understand their fundamental characteristics. They basically work in laboratories, and work with sophisticated equipment, complex instruments and state-of-the-art computers to analyze various materials and develop theories. The results of such research are used to discover new uses for materials in industry-specific applications. Physical chemists work in government agencies, academics, plastic industry, pharmaceuticals, research institutions, etc. The field of physical chemistry is an interdisciplinary one; nanoscale science, analytical chemistry, and molecular modeling are related areas. Read on to browse through a list of world famous physical chemists and read their biographies and timelines.

Peter Debye Peter Debye
American

Paul Walden Paul Walden
German, Latvian

Gilbert N. LewisGilbert N. Lewis
American
John M. DeutchJohn M. Deutch
American

James B. ConantJames B. Conant
American

George de HevesyGeorge de Hevesy
German, Hungarian

Richard C. TolmanRichard C. Tolman
American
Johannes Nicolaus BrønstedJohannes Nicolaus Brønsted
Danish

Franciscus SylviusFranciscus Sylvius
Dutch
Johan Gottlieb GahnJohan Gottlieb Gahn
Swedish

Frederick Gardner CottrellFrederick Gardner Cottrell
American

Carl WagnerCarl Wagner
German
C.P. SnowC.P. Snow
British

W.E. MoernerW.E. Moerner
American
Saul DushmanSaul Dushman
American, Russian