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- noun German chemist (born in Austria) honored for his research on colloidal solutions (1865-1929)
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Zsigmondy is necessarily highly incomplete, if not to say fragmentary, but should surely suffice to show how it pioneered the way and opened up new regions in a field of research which had so far been difficult of access, a field which must be recognized as having the very greatest importance for human knowledge.
Zsigmondy from Göttingen for demonstrating the heterogeneous nature of such gold sols.
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry: The Development of Modern Chemistry
This theory, based on classical mechanics, helps to explain the behaviour of what are known as colloidal solutions, a behaviour which has been studied by Svedberg, Perrin, Zsigmondy and countless other scientists within the context of what has grown into a large branch of science, colloid chemistry.
Zsigmondy published a book Über das kolloide Gold in collaboration with P.A. Thiessen.
In 1907 Zsigmondy was appointed Professor and Director of the
Zsigmondy and his brothers spent much of their time climbing, mountaineering, swimming and diving.
Zsigmondy married Laura Luise, née Müller, the daughter of Professor Wilhelm Müller, lecturer in pathological anatomy in Jena, in 1903.
Zsigmondy now found that various gold colloids prepared by him contained delimited particles under the ultramicroscope although they had appeared completely homogeneous under an ordinary microscope.
Richard Adolf Zsigmondy was born in Vienna on April 1, 1865.
Zsigmondy, had done a great deal to promote dentistry in Austria, had invented several surgical instruments and devices, and had published several scientific and medical works.
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