Nobel Prizes and Laureates

Nobel Prizes and Laureates

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1903
Svante Arrhenius

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Svante Arrhenius - Facts

Svante August Arrhenius

Svante August Arrhenius

Born: 19 February 1859, Vik, Sweden

Died: 2 October 1927, Stockholm, Sweden

Affiliation at the time of the award: Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

Prize motivation: "in recognition of the extraordinary services he has rendered to the advancement of chemistry by his electrolytic theory of dissociation"

Field: chemical kinetics, physical chemistry

Prize share: 1/1


A connection between chemical and electrical phenomena became apparent in the 19th century, but it was unclear just what this relationship was. Svante Arrhenius studied how electrical current is conducted in chemical solutions. In 1883 he proposed a theory that when rock salt (which consists of sodium and chlorine) is dissolved in water, it splits into sodium atoms with positive electrical charges and chlorine atoms with negative charges. These electrically charged atoms, ions, allow the solution to conduct electricity.

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