Chemists have changed the way that science looks at the world. By breaking substances down to the atomic level, chemists have greatly expanded our knowledge of the world. Click here to find articles about the greatest chemists in history.


Baron Carl Auer von Welsbach

Welsbach, Baron Carl Auer von (1858-1929), an Austrian chemist. During the 1880's in the laboratory of Robert Wilhelm Bunsen, inventor of the Bunsen burner, he did research on rare-earth elements and their compounds.

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  • Robert Floyd Curl, Jr.
    Robert Floyd Curl, Jr.

    Curl, Robert Floyd, Jr. (1933-) is an American chemist who shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in chemistry with British chemist Harold Kroto and American chemist Richard Errett Smalley. See more »

  • Robert Robinson
    Robert Robinson

    Robinson, Robert (1886-1975) was a British chemist. He won the 1947 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his research on biologically significant plant substances. See more »

  • Robert Sanderson Mulliken
    Robert Sanderson Mulliken

    Robert Sanderson Mulliken (1896-1986), an American chemist, was awarded the 1966 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his molecular-orbital theory, which explains how atoms combine to form a molecule. See more »

  • Robert Wilhelm Bunsen
    Robert Wilhelm Bunsen

    Bunsen, Robert Wilhelm (1811-1899), a German chemist and inventor. He is credited with inventing the Bunsen burner, a gas burner used in scientific laboratories. See more »

  • Rodney Robert Porter
    Rodney Robert Porter

    Porter, Rodney Robert (1917-1985) was a British biochemist who helped determine the chemical structure of antibodies. See more »

  • Roger Adams
    Roger Adams

    Adams, Roger (1889-1971), a United States organic chemist. Adams improved procedures for identifying new substances and developed new techniques of synthesis. See more »

  • Ronald George Wreyford Norrish
    Ronald George Wreyford Norrish

    Norrish, Ronald George Wreyford (1897-1978), a British chemist, shared the 1967 Nobel Prize in chemistry for helping develop the technique of flash photolysis to measure rapid chemical reactions. See more »

  • Rudolph Arthur
    Rudolph Arthur

    Marcus, Rudolph Arthur (1923-), a Canadian-born American theoretical chemist, studied the ways in which electrons (negatively charged particles that make up the outer layers of atoms) are transferred between one atom and another in chemical reactions. See more »

  • Sir Humphry Davy
    Sir Humphry Davy

    Davy, Sir Humphry (1778-1829), a British chemist. Davy discovered the elements potassium and sodium (1807), and barium and calcium (1808). See more »

  • Sir James Dewar
    Sir James Dewar

    Dewar, Sir James (1842-1923), a Scottish chemist and physicist. He was the first to liquefy and solidify hydrogen. See more »

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