Alfred Werner Biography
Birthday: December 12, 1866 (Sagittarius)
Born In: Mulhouse, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, France
Alfred Werner was a Swiss chemist and the founder of coordination chemistry. His research into the structure of coordination compounds won him the 1913 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Before him, the study of concepts such as valence bonding and geometry in metal amine complexes was confusing. He revolutionized the fields of inorganic chemistry and stereochemistry. His work has found applications in many fields such as organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, geochemistry, and mineralogy, and thus he demonstrated that stereochemistry is not limited to organic chemistry but is a general phenomenon. As a researcher, he was dedicated to his work and earned the reputation of a hard taskmaster. Outside the lab, he was a sociable man who dabbled in a game of billiards, chess, or the Swiss card game, Jass with his friends. He traveled extensively for his lectures and scientific meetings and loved holidaying in the mountains. He was a gifted speaker and was known to provide convincing and clear explanations of to problems. During his short life, he published numerous papers on his research that drew both praise and criticism. He was recipient of numerous honors and memberships to renowned societies.