Famous Swiss Chemists

The Swiss have always been on the forefront when it comes to science and technology. Throughout the past several centuries Swiss scientists have made several important contributions to the development of science at the global level. Swiss born chemist Germain Henri Hess was a doctor who formulated Hess's law, an early principle of thermochemistry. He also discovered that the oxidation of sugars yielded saccharic acid. Swiss chemists have made notable contributions to several fields of the subject, both in organic and inorganic chemistry. Alfred Werner, who proposed the octahedral configuration of transition metal complexes and developed the basis for modern coordination chemistry, became the first inorganic chemist to win the Nobel Prize. Another prominent chemist, Albert Hofmann was the first person to isolate, synthesize, and name the principal psychedelic mushroom compounds psilocybin and psilocin. Switzerland has produced several Nobel Prize winning chemists including Paul Karrer who won a share of the prize for his research on vitamins and Leopold Ružička who was honored for his work on polymethylenes and higher terpenes. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Swiss Chemists

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 1 Albert Hofmann

Albert Hofmann.
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Famous As: The First Person to Synthesize LSD
Birthdate: January 11, 1906
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Baden
Died: April 29, 2008

Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann was the first known person to synthesize the psychedelic effects of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). Interested in science from a young age, he studied chemistry at the University of Zürich. As a chemist, he conducted several significant studies and authored more than 100 scientific articles and books. He was a recipient of the prestigious Scheele Award.

 2 Friedrich Miescher

Friedrich Miescher.
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Famous As: Biologist, Biochemist, University teacher
Birthdate: August 13, 1844
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Basel
Died: August 26, 1895
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 3 Alfred Werner

Alfred Werner.
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: December 12, 1866
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mulhouse, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, France
Died: November 15, 1919

Alfred Werner was a Swiss chemist who is credited with developing the fundamental for modern coordination chemistry. In 1913, he became the first inorganic chemist to receive the prestigious Nobel Prize in Chemistry, which he won for proposing the correct configuration of transition metal complexes.

 4 Vladimir Prelog

Vladimir Prelog.
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: July 23, 1906
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sarajevo
Died: January 7, 1998

Vladimir Prelog was a Croatian-Swiss organic chemist known for his research into the stereochemistry of organic molecules and reactions. He received his Sc.D under the guidance of prominent chemist and composer Emil Votoček. He had a successful academic career and received the 1975 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He was also a member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts.  

 5 Jean Piccard

Jean Piccard.
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: January 28, 1884
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
Died: January 28, 1963

 6 Paul Hermann Müller

Paul Hermann Müller.
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: January 12, 1899
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Olten, Solothurn, Switzerland
Died: October 12, 1965

Paul Hermann Müller was a Swiss chemist known for his discovery of insecticidal qualities and the use of DDT in the control of vector diseases. He received the 1948 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for this work. He began his career as a research chemist and later became the Deputy Director of Scientific Research on Substances for Plant Protection. 

 7 Richard R. Ernst

Richard R. Ernst.
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: August 14, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Winterthur

Richard R. Ernst is a Swiss physical chemist whose work on Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy earned him the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1991. Over the course of his career, Ernst has been honored with other awards, including the John Gamble Kirkwood Medal. In 2009, he became the subject of a documentary film titled Science Plus Dharma Equals Social Responsibility.

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 8 Kurt Wüthrich

Kurt Wüthrich
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Famous As: chemist
Birthdate: October 4, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Aarberg

 9 Paul Karrer

Paul Karrer.
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: April 21, 1889
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Moscow
Died: June 18, 1971

 10 Jean Charles Galissard de Marignac

Jean Charles Galissard de Marignac
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: April 24, 1817
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: April 15, 1894

 11 Werner Kuhn

Werner Kuhn
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Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: February 6, 1899
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: near Zürich, Switzerland
Died: August 27, 1963

 12 Nicolas-Théodore de Saussure

Nicolas-Théodore de Saussure
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: October 14, 1767
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: April 18, 1845