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German chemist, and a pioneer in the fields of radioactivity and radiochemistry. Wikipedia

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  • James Franck

    German physicist who won the 1925 Nobel Prize for Physics with Gustav Hertz "for their discovery of the laws governing the impact of an electron upon an atom". He completed his doctorate in 1906 and his habilitation in 1911 at the Frederick William University in Berlin, where he lectured and taught until 1918, having reached the position of professor extraordinarius. Wikipedia

  • Max von Laue

    German physicist who received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1914 for his discovery of the diffraction of X-rays by crystals. In addition to his scientific endeavors with contributions in optics, crystallography, quantum theory, superconductivity, and the theory of relativity, he had a number of administrative positions which advanced and guided German scientific research and development during four decades. Wikipedia

  • Max Planck

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  • Max Born

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  • Fritz Strassmann

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  • Walther Bothe

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  • Walther Nernst

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  • German nuclear weapons program

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  • Frederick Soddy

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  • Friedrich Wöhler

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  • Glenn T. Seaborg

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  • Rudolf Mentzel

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  • Paul von Hindenburg

    German general and statesman who led the Imperial German Army during World War I and later became President of Germany from 1925 until his death in 1934. During his presidency, he played a key role in the Nazi Machtergreifung in January 1933 when, under pressure from advisers, he appointed Adolf Hitler as Chancellor of Germany. Wikipedia

  • Richard Willstätter

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    German physicist who co-discovered, through laboratory experiment, spin quantization in a magnetic field, the Stern–Gerlach effect. Conceived by Otto Stern in 1921 and first successfully conducted by Gerlach in early 1922. Wikipedia


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