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William Ramsay KCBE, FRS

William Ramsay KCBE, FRS

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1904

Inorganic, Organic, Physical chemist. Outstanding experimentalist. Discovered inert gaseous elements in air, determined their place in periodic system. Discovered argon, helium, krypton, neon, xenon. Molecular weights in liquid state. Stoichiometry, thermodynamics. Helium in radium emanations.

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Sir William Ramsay Author: Elliott & Fry. Wikimedia Commons.


William Ramsay working. Wikimedia Commons


Ramsay working in the snow. Source: UCL Special Collections.


Sir William Ramsay standing in his laboratory, c 1900. Science & Society Picture Library. © Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library.


Sir William Ramsay and Lord Rayleigh, Collaborator & Physics Nobelist 1904, in 1894. Source: Science and Society Picture library prints. © Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library.


The Chemistry Nobel Prize Certificate of William Ramsay. Source: Museums and Collections, University College London. Author: Sofia Gisberg (1854-1926). Wikimedia Commons.

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Name: Sir William Ramsay
Birth: 2 October 1852, Glasgow, Scotland
Death: 23 July 1916, High Wycombe, United Kingdom
Residence: University College, London, United Kingdom
Award: "in recognition of his services in the discovery of the inert gaseous elements in air, and his determination of their place in the periodic system."
Portion of Cash: 1/1
Education: Doctoral degree, University of Tubingen, Germany
Doctoral Advisor: Rudolf Fittig
Thesis: Thesis on orthotoluic acid & its derivatives.