Famous Inorganic Chemists - List of Famous Inorganic Chemists

Inorganic chemists specialize in the research of inorganic compounds. They study the properties, reactivity, and behaviour of all chemical elements that are inorganic in nature. Inorganic compounds are those which are of non-biological origins and do not contain hydrocarbon radicals. Though inorganic chemistry is considered a discipline distinct from organic chemistry, these fields often overlap. Inorganic chemists study the chemical compounds, understand their properties and behaviour and determine how these compounds can be modified and used in industrial applications. Inorganic chemistry deals with the properties of chemicals at the molecular level, and chemists in this field analyze inorganic compounds to determine their physical and chemical properties, structure, compositions and reactivity. Techniques used for research include spectrophotometry, spectroscopy and chromatography. Inorganic chemists have to be highly creative individuals with an ability to think abstractly. They mostly work in the laboratory in active collaboration with physicists, engineers and material scientists to develop, and improvise industrial products. This field of chemistry has applications in all areas of the chemical industry including catalysts, pigments, surfactants, medicine, fuel, and materials science. Inorganic chemists work in government agencies, research institutions, industries, and universities. What follows is a collection of the biographies, timelines, trivia and other information about the professional and personal lives of some of the world’s most famous inorganic chemists.

The Most Famous Inorganic Chemists

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Alfred WernerDecember 12, 1866SwissAlfred Werner was a Swiss chemist and the founder of coordination chemistry
Herbert C. BrownMay 22, 1912AmericanHerbert C
Paul WaldenJuly 26, 1863German, LatvianPaul Walden was a Latvian-German chemist who is known for his path-breaking invention known as Walden inversion
William RamsayOctober 2, 1852BritishWilliam Ramsay was a Nobel Prize winning chemist who discovered the ‘noble gases’
Henri MoissanSeptember 28, 1852FrenchFerdinand Frederick Henri Moissan was a French Chemist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1936
Paul Hermann MüllerJanuary 12, 1899SwissPaul Hermann Muller was a Swiss Chemist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of a form of DDT
William LipscombDecember 9, 1919AmericanWilliam Lipscomb was an American chemist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1976
Otto DielsJanuary 23, 1876GermanOtto Diels or Otto Paul Herman Diels was a German scientist who received the Nobel Prize in chemistry
Herbert C. Brown

Herbert C. Brown

Herbert C

AmericanMay 22, 1912145 views

William Lipscomb

William Lipscomb was an American chemist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1976

Paul Hermann Müller

Paul Hermann Muller was a Swiss Chemist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of a form of DDT

SwissJanuary 12, 189989 views

Otto Diels

Otto Diels or Otto Paul Herman Diels was a German scientist who received the Nobel Prize in chemistry

GermanJanuary 23, 187672 views

Alfred Werner

Alfred Werner was a Swiss chemist and the founder of coordination chemistry

SwissDecember 12, 1866148 views

Henri Moissan

Ferdinand Frederick Henri Moissan was a French Chemist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1936

FrenchSeptember 28, 1852110 views

William Ramsay

William Ramsay was a Nobel Prize winning chemist who discovered the ‘noble gases’

BritishOctober 2, 1852118 views

Paul Walden

Paul Walden was a Latvian-German chemist who is known for his path-breaking invention known as Walden inversion

GermanJuly 26, 1863138 views