Mond, Ludwig

CHEMIST, INDUSTRIALIST (GERMANY)
BORN 7 Mar 1839, Kassel - DIED 11 Dec 1909, London: Avenue Road
GRAVE LOCATION London: St. Pancras and Islington Cemetery and Islington Crematorium, 278 High Road, East Finchley

Ludwig Mond was born in Kassel and studied in Marburg and under Robert Bunsen in Heidelberg. He never obtained a degree and in 1862 he moved to England and in 1866 he married his cousin Frida L÷wenthal (1847-1923) in Cologne. They had two sons.

In 1873 he started the chemical company Brunner-Mond together with Sir John Tomlinson Brunner. It became the largest production company of alkali metals in the world.

Mond discovered nickel carbonyl and started the Mond Nickel Ccompany to produce pure nickel using the so called Mond process.

He supported several scientific organisations, among them the Royal Society. He collected a significant collection of paintings and left most of them to the National Gallery. In the winter he mostly lived in Rome in the Palazzo Zuccari. Henriette Hertz often shared it with him and his wife. It was leased from 1889 onwards and purchased by Hertz in 1904. Supported by Frida Mond, Hertz started collecting books and it is now the home of the Bibliotheca Hertziana

Ludwig Mond died in 1909 at home in London. His sons erected a mausoleum for him at St. Pancras Cemetery in Finchley, London.

Related persons
• was a friend of Blind, Mathilde
• was pupil to Bunsen, Robert Wilhelm
• lived with Hertz, Henriette

Images

The mausoleum of Ludwig Mond at the St. Pancras and Islington Cemetery, London.
Picture by Androom (27 May 2014)

 


Mongin, Franšois Bernard

Published: 29 Jun 2014
Last update: 29 Jun 2014