Rudolf Wegscheider

Rudolf Wegscheider studied chemistry and was one of the founders of physical chemistry in Austria. He held a chair in Vienna from 1902 to 1931. He served as chairman of the Association of Austrian Chemists from 1904 to 1929.
Wegscheider played a decisive role in the development of the theory of the rate of chemical reactions, reaction kinetics. During his studies, he experienced the blossoming of organic chemistry, which grew out of the analysis of fossil fuels in the 19th century, while during his years as a professor at the University of Vienna, inorganic chemistry experienced “high development.”
Wegscheider was constantly committed to advancing the exchange between science and industry, thereby promoting industrial practice. This was demonstrated by the fact that he had been a member of the advisory board of the Technical Experimental Office since its foundation and served as vice president of the Commission of Technical Experimental Institutes founded by the Trade Association.

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