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Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry

, Volume 21, Issue 11, pp 3373–3376 | Cite as

Fritz Scholz and Robert Smail Jack (Eds): Wilhelm Ostwald. The Autobiography

Translated by Robert Smail Jack, English translation of Wilhelm Ostwald: Lebenslinien I-III, Klasing & Co., GmbH/Berlin/1926. 704 pages, £126.00 / €145,59. ISBN 978-3-319-46953-9. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-46955-3 © Springer International Publishing AG (24 Feb. 2017)
  • Stephen FletcherEmail author
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Friedrich Wilhelm Ostwald (born 2 September 1853, Riga, Latvia, Russian Empire—died 4 April 1932, near Leipzig, Germany), was a Baltic German chemist and philosopher who contributed enormously to the establishment of modern physical chemistry. In 1887 he was called to the Chair of Physical Chemistry at the University of Leipzig, which was then the only Chair of Physical Chemistry in the world. At Leipzig, he pioneered the introduction of equilibrium thermodynamics into the study of chemical systems. Within a few years, he became one of the most celebrated scientists in Europe.

His energy was prodigious. Over his career, he published 45 books, 500 scientific papers, and wrote more than 10,000 letters. By the time he had reached his 50th birthday, he had supervised 147 graduate students, 34 of whom became professors. In 1894, he played a key role in the foundation of the Deutsche Elektrochemische Gesellschaft (German Electrochemical Society) which in 1902 became the Deutsche...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ChemistryLoughborough UniversityLeicestershireUK

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