Ten fun facts about Wilhelm Ostwald


Fact 1
In 1875 he received his Ph.D. from the University of Tartu, Estonia.

Fact 2
He is most popular from his invention of the Ostwald process, which is used in manufacturing nitric acid.

Fact 3
Though as a child his father wanted him to become an engineer, Ostwald was focused on chemistry.


Fact 4
His prize money from the Nobel Prize was a key part of the development of the Die Brucke Institute of Munchen, which he was one of the directors.

Fact 5
He was elected as a member of the International Committee on Atomic Weights, but his membership ended because of World War 1 in 1917.

Fact 6
His fields of expertise varied, as he published many works including pieces on philosophy.

Fact 7
He had an interest in the color theory and was a passionate painter, even making his own pigments.

Fact 8
His work on reaction velocities and catalysis earned him the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1909.

Fact 9
Along with two other men, they are often credited with being considered the modern founders of physical chemistry.

Fact 10
The other portion of his prize money was donated to the Ido movement, an international language movement.


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