Pictures of Famous Chemists

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First Solvay Conference

First Solvay Conference
First Solvay Conference (1911), Marie Curie (seated, 2nd from right) confers with Henri Poincaré. Standing, 4th from right, Ernest Rutherford; 2nd from right, Albert Einstein; far right, Paul Langevin. Benjamin Couprie

Famous Chemists & Scientists Contributing to Chemistry

These are images of famous chemists or other scientists who made significant contributions to the field of chemistry. I've indexed them alphabetically, by last name. Pictures containing multiple famous chemists appear first.

Seated (L-R): Walther Nernst, Marcel Brillouin, Ernest Solvay, Hendrik Lorentz, Emil Warburg, Jean Baptiste Perrin, Wilhelm Wien, Marie Curie, Henri Poincaré.

Standing (L-R): Robert Goldschmidt, Max Planck, Heinrich Rubens, Arnold Sommerfeld, Frederick Lindemann, Maurice de Broglie, Martin Knudsen, Friedrich Hasenöhrl, Georges Hostelet, Edouard Herzen, James Hopwood Jeans, Ernest Rutherford, Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, Albert Einstein, Paul Langevin.

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Alfred Bernhard Nobel

Chemist and inventor of dynamite. Creator of the Nobel Foundation. Gösta Florman (1831–1900)
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Curie Lab

Curie Lab
Pierre Curie, Pierre's assistant, Petit, and Marie Curie.
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Curie Women

Marie Curie
Marie Curie with Meloney, Irène, and Eve shortly after their arrival in the United States.
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J. J. Thomson and Ernest Rutherford

J. J. Thomson and Ernest Rutherford
J. J. Thomson and Ernest Rutherford in the 1930s.
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Lavoisier

Portrait of Monsieur Lavoisier and his Wife
Portrait of Monsieur Lavoisier and his Wife (1788). Oil on canvas. 259.7 x 196 cm. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Jacques-Louis David
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Emil Abderhalden

Emil Abderhalden was a famous Swiss biochemist and physiologist.
Emil Abderhalden was a famous Swiss biochemist and physiologist. George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress)
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Richard Abegg

Richard Wilhelm Heinrich Abegg was the German chemist who described valence theory.
Richard Wilhelm Heinrich Abegg was the German chemist who described valence theory.
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Svante A. Arrhenius

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Francis W. Aston

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Amedeo Avogadro

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Adolf von Baeyer

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Wilson 'Snowflake' Bentley

Wilson 'Snowflake' Bentley was a farmer and hobbyist snow crystal photomicrographer.
Wilson 'Snowflake' Bentley was a farmer and hobbyist snow crystal photomicrographer. He took over 5000 images of snowflakes.

You can study science without being a scientist. Wilson Bentley was a farmer who cataloged snowflakes in his free time.

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Friedrich Bergius

Friedrich Bergius
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Karl Bosch

Karl Bosch
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Eduard Buchner

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Robert Wilhelm Bunsen

Robert Wilhelm Bunsen (1811 - 1899)
Pioneer of spectroscopy and inventor of the bunsen burner. F. J. Moore, 'A History of Chemistry' c.1918
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George Washington Carver

This is a photo of George Washington Carver at work in his lab.
This is a photo of George Washington Carver at work in his lab. USDA History Collection, Special Collections, National Agricultural Library
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George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver was an American inventor, scientist, and educator.
George Washington Carver was an American inventor, scientist, and educator. Picture of George Washington Carver taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston, in 1906.
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De Chancourtois

Alexandre-Emile Béguyer de Chancourtois (1820 - 1886)
de Chancourtois was a French geologist who devised a periodic table of the elements in which the elements were grouped according to periodic properties and ordered according to increasing atomic weight. Wikimedia Commons
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Marie Curie

Marie Curie
Marie Curie driving a radiology car in 1917.
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Marie Curie

Marie Curie
Marie Curie. The Granger Collection, New York
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Marie Curie

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Marie Curie

Marie Curie
Marie Sklodowska, before she moved to Paris.
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Marie Curie

Marie Curie
Marie Curie.
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Pierre Curie

Pierre Curie
Pierre Curie.
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John Dalton

John Dalton (September 6, 1766 – July 27, 1844) was an English chemist and physicist.
John Dalton (September 6, 1766 – July 27, 1844) was an English chemist and physicist. Dalton is best known for his work on atomic theory and research into color blindness.

Born: September 6, 1766

Died: July 27, 1844

Claim to Fame: Dalton was an English chemist and physicist who is best known for his atomic theory and research into colorblindness. He proposed elements were made up of individual atoms that could not be broken down into smaller parts. He also said all atoms of an element are identical. He sought to determine the cause of color blindness since he was color blind himself. He believed it was caused by a discoloration in the medium in the eye.

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Sir Humphry Davy

Sir Humphry Davy was a British chemist and physicist.
Sir Humphry Davy (17 December 1778 – 29 May 1829) was a British chemist and physicist. He discovered several alkali and alkaline earth metals and investigated the properties of the elements chlorine and iodine.
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Sir Humphry Davy

Sir Humphry Davy was a British chemist and physicist.
Sir Humphry Davy (17 December 1778 – 29 May 1829) was a British chemist and physicist. He discovered several alkali and alkaline earth metals and investigated the properties of the elements chlorine and iodine. The Life of Sir Humphry Davy by John A. Paris, London: Colburn and Bentley, 1831.

This engraving is circa 1830, based on a portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769 - 1830).

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Sir Humphry Davy

Sir Humphry Davy was a British chemist and physicist.
Sir Humphry Davy (17 December 1778 – 29 May 1829) was a British chemist and physicist. He discovered several alkali and alkaline earth metals and investigated the properties of the elements chlorine and iodine. from Thorpe's 1896 biography of Davy
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Fausto D'Elhuyar

Fausto D'Elhuyar (1755 - 1833)
Fausto D'Elhuyar (1755 - 1833) Co-discoverer of tungsten.
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Juan Jose D'Elhuyar

Juan Jose D'Elhuyar (1754 - 1796)
Famous Chemists Juan Jose D'Elhuyar (1754 - 1796) co-discoverer of tungsten.
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Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein
This photo was inscribed "To Linus Pauling" from Albert Einstein (1958).
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Einstein's Tongue

Silly (and famous) picture of Einstein sticking his tongue out.
Famous Scientists Silly (and famous) picture of Einstein sticking his tongue out. Public Domain
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Albert Einstein

Photograph of Albert Einstein (1947).
Famous Scientists Photograph of Albert Einstein (1947). Library of Congress, Photograph by Oren Jack Turner, Princeton, N.J.
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Hans von Euler-Chelpin

Hans von Euler-Chelpin
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Hans Fischer

Hans Fischer
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Rosalind Franklin

Rosalind Franklin
Rosalind Franklin used x-ray crystallography to see the structure of DNA and the tobacco mosaic virus. I believe this is a photo of a portrait in the National Portait Gallery in London.
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Victor Grignard

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Sir Arthur Harden

Sir Arthur Harden
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Mae Jemison

Mae Jemison
Mae Jemison is a retired medical doctor and American astronaut. In 1992, she became the first black woman in space. She holds a degree in chemical engineering from Stanford and a degree in medicine from Cornell. NASA
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Gilbert N. Lewis

Gilbert N. Lewis isolated heavy water and brought E. O. Lawrence to Berkeley.
Among other contributions to chemistry, Gilbert N. Lewis isolated heavy water and brought E. O. Lawrence to Berkeley. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
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Shannon Lucid

Shannon Lucid
Shannon Lucid as an American biochemist and US astronaut. For a while, she held the American record for the most time in space. She studies the effects of space on human health, often using her own body as a test subject. NASA
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Lise Meitner

Lise Meitner studied radioactivity and nuclear physics.
Lise Meitner (November 17, 1878 – October 27, 1968) was an Austrian/Swedish physicist who studied radioactivity and nuclear physics. She was part of the team that discovered nuclear fission, for which Otto Hahn received a Nobel Prize.
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Dmitri Mendeleev

Portrait of Dmitri Mendeleev
Dmitri Mendeleev is credited with developing the first periodic table of the elements. There were earlier tables, but Mendeleev's table showed the elements exhibited a periodicity of properties when they were arranged according to their atomic weight.
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Dmitri Mendeleyev

Dmitri Mendeleyev (or Dmitri Mendeleev) is credited with developing one of the first periodic tables
Dmitri Mendeleyev (or Dmitri Mendeleev) is credited with developing one of the first periodic tables that organized the elements according to increasing atomic weight and accounted for trends in their chemical and physical properties. public domain
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Dmitri Mendeleev

Dmitri Mendeleev (1834 - 1907)
Dmitri Mendeleev (1834 - 1907). Library of Congress
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Julius Lothar Meyer

Julius Lothar Meyer developed a periodic table of the elements.
Julius Lothar Meyer was a German chemist and contemporary of Dmitri Mendeleev. The scientists independently developed the periodic table in which the elements were ordered according to increasing atomic weight and grouped according to periodic properties. 19th century photograph of Julius Lothar Meyer.
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Robert Millikan

Millikan is famous for measuring the charge on the electron.
Famous Scientists Robert Millikan is famous for his measurement of the charge on the electron and his work on the photoelectric effect. Millikan received the 1923 Nobel Prize in Physics. photograph by Clark Millikan (1891)
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Henri Moissan

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Gaylord Nelson

Gaylord Nelson was an American Democratic politician from Wisconsin.
Gaylord Anton Nelson (June 4, 1916 – July 3, 2005) was an American Democratic politician from Wisconsin. He is best remembered for founding Earth Day and for calling for Congressional hearings on the safety of combined oral contraceptive pills. US Congress
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Walther H. Nernst

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Wilhelm Ostwald

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Linus Pauling

Linus Pauling - Age 7
Linus Pauling - Age 7. Linus Pauling lived in the rural town of Condon, Oregon.
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Linus Pauling

Linus Pauling
Linus Pauling - age 17 (1918).
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Fritz Pregl

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Sir William Ramsay

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Theodore W. Richards

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Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen

Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen or Roentgen (1845-1923), discoverer of x-rays.
Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen or Roentgen (1845-1923), discoverer of x-rays. Universität Gießen
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Ernest Rutherford

Ernest Rutherford
Ernest Rutherford.
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Ernest Rutherford

Ernest Rutherford
Ernest Rutherford, oil painting by J. Dunn, 1932. J. Dunn, National Portrait Gallery, London
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Ernest Rutherford

Ernest Rutherford
Ernest Rutherford in academic garb. Edgar Fahs Smith Memorial Collection, University of Pennsylvania Library
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Sir Ernest Rutherford

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Paul Sabatier

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Frederick Soddy

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Theodor Svedberg

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J.J. Thomson

J.J. Thomson
J.J. Thomson. Chemical Heritage Foundation Collections
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Sir Joseph John (J. J.) Thomson

Sir Joseph John (J. J.) Thomson
Sir Joseph John (J. J.) Thomson.
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Johannes Diderik van der Waals

Johannes Diderik van der Waals (1837 - 1923)
Famous Chemists Johannes Diderik van der Waals (1837 - 1923).
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Tuan Vo-Dinh

Professor Dr. Tuan Vo-Dinh is famous chemist and inventor who specializes in the field of photonics.
Famous Chemists - Tuan Vo-Dinh Professor Dr. Tuan Vo-Dinh is famous chemist and inventor who specializes in the field of photonics. Image courtesy of Dr. Tuan Vo-Dinh
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James Walker

James Walker (1863 - 1935)
Famous Chemists James Walker (1863 - 1935).
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Otto Wallach

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Alfred Werner

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Heinrich O. Wieland

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Richard M. Willstätter

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Adolf O. R. Windaus

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Richard A. Zsigmondy