Fritz Haber Facts

Fritz Haber Facts
Fritz Haber (9 December 1868 to 29 January 1934) was a German chemist of Jewish origin. He received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1918 for perfecting a method of synthesizing Ammonia from Nitrogen and Hydrogen gases. This invention was of importance to the synthesis of fertilizers and explosives. The food production for half the world's current population depends on this method for producing fertilizer
Interesting Fritz Haber Facts:
Fritz Haber was born in Breslau, Prussia into a well-to-do Jewish family.
Haber attended primary school at the Johanneum School which was open to Catholic, Protestant and Jewish students.
From 1886 to1891 he studied chemistry at the University of Heidelberg under Robert Bunsen and then went to the University of Berlin where he studied under A.W. Hoffmann.
In May 1891 he graduated cum laude with a PhD in chemistry
From 1894 - 1911 he was an assistant and researcher at Karlsruhe.
In 1896 he qualified as a teacher and the university sent him to Silesia,Saxony and Austria to learn about dye technology.
In 1906 he received a full professorship at the University of Karlsruhe.
He played a major role in developing German's chemical warfare weapons during World War I where he lead the team which developed and weaponized deadly chlorine gas.
He received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 1918 for his work on the catalytic formation of ammonia from hydrogen and atmospheric nitrogen.
The Haber process is still used in industry to make synthetic nitrogen fertilizer.
In August 1933 he left Germany and stayed briefly at Cambridge where he suffered either a stroke or heart attack.
In 1933 he was offered a directorship at the Sieff Research Institute (now the Weizmann Institute) in Rehovot, Palestine. He accepted but died in mid-journey of heart failure.


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