GABE, D.R., 2009. Walther Herman Nernst. Transactions of the Institute of Metal Finishing, 87 (2), p.60
There have only been two electrochemists
honoured as Nobel Laureates and
Walther Hermann Nernst was the first in
1920 when he was awarded the prize for
chemistry. Nernst was a Prussian
physical chemist who devoted his life to
In practical terms his work in electrochemistry
was undoubtedly the most
important but the prize was actually
awarded for the third law of thermodynamics.
His professional rivalries with
Haber and particularly Ostwald were
bitter and he tended to be dismissive of
‘lesser mortals’, ie. most others.