Born: December 25, 1904
Died: March 3, 1999
Place of Birth: Hamburg, Germany
Gerhard Herzberg became known as the father of modern molecular spectroscopy.
He studied in Hamburg and then concentrated on Physics at the Darmstadt Institute of Technology.
Herzberg attained his PhD from Darmstadt in 1928 and then worked with prominent researchers in Gottingen and, later, Bristol.
In 1935, worried about the Jewish factor in Germany, Gerhard Herzberg applied for and was appointed to a position at the University of Saskatchewan.
Thinking of the resources that would be at his disposal, in 1945 he began research work at the University of Chicago.
Missing Canada, Gerhard Herzberg became the Director of Physics for the National Research Council in 1949.
Better known as "GH", he helped and inspired many younger scientists over the years.
His discoveries in astronomy helped scientists world-wide garner new knowledge about the universe.
Herzberg was often the first one to get to work and the last one to leave work in regard to his daily schedule.
In 1971, Gerhard Herzberg was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work with free radicals.
The Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics in Ottawa was established in 1975 to honor this famous astronomer.
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