Walther Nernst

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Birthday
25, 1864
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Nov 18, 1941 (77)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
25, 1864
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Nov 18, 1941 (77)

About

German physical chemist and physicist best known for discovering the third law of thermodynamics. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1920 for his theories behind the calculation of chemical affinity.

Before Fame

He was an avid fisherman and hunter and he studied physics and mathematics at the universities of Zürich, Berlin, Graz and Würzburg.

Trivia

He developed the Nernst Equation, which relates the equilibrium reduction potential of a half-cell in an electrochemical cell to the standard electrode potential.

Family Life

He married Emma Lohmeyer in 1892 and they had two sons and three daughters together.

Associated With

August Kekule and he are both famous German chemists.