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Vant Hoff
Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff (1852–1911) was the first person to receive the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, for his discovery of the laws of chemical dynamics and osmotic pressure in solutions.
Nobel Prize
The Nobel Prize medallion.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. It awards people who have made progress in the scientific area of chemistry, those who have worked hard to learn more and have succeeded.

The Prize is given every year. It is just one of many Nobel Prizes. A famous winner of this prize was Marie Curie 1911, who discovered radium with her husband Pierre. She was the first person to win the prize twice; the first time was for physics in 1903.

List of winners

1901 – 1909

1910 – 1919

  • 1910 - Otto Wallach for his work on alicyclic compounds.
  • 1911 - Marie Curie for her discovery of radium and polonium.
  • 1912 - Victor Grignard for his discovery of the Grignard reagent.
  • 1912 - Paul Sabatier for his method of hydrogenating organic compounds.
  • 1913 - Alfred Werner for his work on atoms and molecules.
  • 1914 - Theodore Richards for his work on finding the atomic weight of chemical elements.
  • 1915 - Richard Willstätter for his work on chlorophyll.
  • 1916 - No award
  • 1917 - No award
  • 1918 - Fritz Haber for synthesis of ammonia from its elements.
  • 1919 - No award

1920 – 1929

  • 1920 - Walther Nernst for his work on thermochemistry.
  • 1921 - Frederick Soddy for his work on radioactive substances and isotopes.
  • 1922 - Francis Aston for his discovery of isotopes and the mass spectrograph.
  • 1923 - Fritz Pregl for discovering the way to do micro-analysis of organic substances.
  • 1924 - No award
  • 1925 - Richard Zsigmondy for discovering a basic method in colloid chemistry.
  • 1926 - Theodor Svedberg for his work on disperse systems.
  • 1927 - Heinrich Wieland for his work on bile acids.
  • 1928 - Adolf Windaus for his work on sterols and vitamins.
  • 1929 - Arthur Harden and Hans von Euler-Chelpin for their work on fermenting sugar and fermentative enzymes.

1930 – 1939

1940 – 1949

  • 1940 - No award
  • 1941 - No award
  • 1942 - No award
  • 1943 - George de Hevesy
  • 1944 - Otto Hahn
  • 1945 - Artturi Virtanen
  • 1946 - James Sumner, John Northrop, Wendell Stanley
  • 1947 - Sir Robert Robinson
  • 1948 - Arne Tiselius
  • 1949 - William F. Giauque

1950 – 1959

1960 – 1969

1970 – 1979

  • 1970 - Luis Leloir
  • 1971 - Gerhard Herzberg
  • 1972 - Christian Anfinsen, Stanford Moore, William Stein
  • 1973 - Ernst Otto Fischer, Geoffrey Wilkinson for sandwich compounds
  • 1974 - Paul Flory
  • 1975 - John Cornforth, Vladimir Prelog
  • 1976 - William Lipscomb
  • 1977 - Ilya Prigogine
  • 1978 - Peter Mitchell
  • 1979 - Herbert Brown, Georg Wittig

1980 – 1989

1990 – 1999

2000 – 2009

2010 – 2019

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