Richard Abegg

1869-01-09 - 1910-04-03

Click for large picture. Source: Chem. Ber. 46 (1913) 619Richard Wilhelm Heinrich Abegg was born 1869-01-09 in Danzig (now Gdansk, Poland).

Studies in Tübingen, Kiel and Berlin.

In 1891 he obtained his PhD at Berlin university (organic chemistry, August Wilhelm von Hofmann).

1891 - 1894 physicochemical studies in Leipzig and Stockholm.

1894 he became assistant of Walther Nernst in Göttingen. [40]

Marriage with Lina Simon at Kirn a. d. Nahe 1895-06-01. [55, 56]

Spring 1896 the Nernst and Abegg families travel together to the Riviera (Italy). [67]

Winter 1896/1897 voyage to India and Ceylon. [72c]

His favorite pastimes were travelling, ballooning, skiing and taking photographs.

1899-05-09 Antrittsvorlesung university of Breslau.

PhD supervisor of Clara Immerwahr (she studied physics in Breslau 1896 - 1900; first wife of Fritz Haber).

1901 Editor Z. Elektrochem. [91] Z.E. 7, 389-390, 1900/1901. Extraordinary professor university of Breslau.

1902/1904 Theory of valence.

1905 Handbuch der anorganischen Chemie (Hirzel, Leipzig)

1907 committee for the celebration of the 50th birthday of Svante Arrhenius in 1909. [117]

1909 Ordinary professor Technische Hochschule Breslau.

Richard Abegg died 1910-04-03 in Tessin, district of Köslin, Pommern (Pomerania, now Koszalin, Poland) at age 41 in a crash of his gas balloon "Schlesien".


Photograph (Heliogr. Meisenbach Riffarth & Co., Berlin.) taken from Ref. [3]

[1] Svante Arrhenius. Richard Abegg. Z. Elektrochem. 16(14):554-557, 1910 (obituary, with photograph)

[2] Th. Des Coudres. Richard Abegg. Phys. Z. 11(10):425-429, 1910 (obituary), 11(14):655-656, 1910 (comment by A. Ladenburg and reply by Th. Des Coudres)

[3] W. Nernst. Richard Abegg. Chem. Ber. 46(4):619-628, 1913 (obituary, with photograph and bibliography)

[n] R. Zott. Briefwechsel Ostwald - Nernst

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