Science: For Ammonia & Gasoline

No rule says that the Nobel Prize in Chemistry shall be awarded for pure (i. e. uncommercial) research, but heretofore the Swedish Academy of Science has followed a tradition in disregarding commercial success when making the award. Last week the Academy departed from that tradition, awarded the 1931 chemistry prize jointly to two Germans whose outstanding work has been the commercialization of scientific processes developed in research laboratories. They were Professor Carl Bosch of Heidelberg, chairman of the I. G. Farbenindustrie (dye trust)—for his process for large-scale production of ammonia from...

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