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Walther Nernst

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Born (1864-06-25)25 June 1864
Briesen, Kreis Thorn, West Prussia, Kingdom of Prussia
Died 18 November 1941(1941-11-18) (aged 77)
Zibelle, Landkreis Rothenburg, Gau Lower Silesia, Nazi Germany
Nationality German
Alma mater University of Zürich
Friedrich Wilhelm University
University of Graz
Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg
Known for Third Law of Thermodynamics
Nernst lamp
Nernst equation
Nernst glower
Nernst effect
Nernst heat theorem
Nernst potential
Nernst–Planck equation
Nernst's distribution law
Awards Nobel Prize in chemistry (1920)
Franklin Medal (1928)
Scientific career
Fields Chemistry
Institutions Georg August University of Göttingen
Friedrich Wilhelm University
Leipzig University
Doctoral advisor Friedrich Kohlrausch
Other academic advisors Ludwig Boltzmann
Doctoral students Sir Frances Simon
Richard Abegg
Irving Langmuir
Leonid Andrussow
Karl Friedrich Bonhoeffer
Frederick Lindemann
William Duane
Margaret Eliza Maltby
Arnold Eucken
Other notable students Gilbert N. Lewis
Max Bodenstein
Robert von Lieben
Kurt Mendelssohn
Theodor Wulf
Emil Bose
Hermann Irving Schlesinger
Claude Hudson
Influenced J. R. Partington
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Walther Hermann Nernst ForMemRS (25 June 1864 – 18 November 1941) was a German chemist known for his work in thermodynamics, physical chemistry, electrochemistry, and solid state physics. His formulation of the Nernst heat theorem helped pave the way for the third law of thermodynamics, for which he won the 1920 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He is also known for developing the Nernst equation in 1887.

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