Bosch, Carl

INDUSTRIALIST, CHEMIST, ENGINEER (GERMANY)
BORN 27 Aug 1874, Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen - DIED 26 Apr 1940, Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg
GRAVE LOCATION Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg: Bergfriedhof, Rohrbacher Strasse (Abteilung WB)

Carl Bosch was the son of a businessman. He studied chemistry in Leipzig and started working for BASF in 1899. Together with Fritz Haber he developed the Haber-Bosch process for the production of ammonia. In 1919 he became the director of BASF and in 1925 he was appointed to direct I.G. Farben. In 1931 he received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry together with Friedrich Bergius.

In 1932 I.G. Farben supported Hitler's election campaign with a donation of 400,000 Reichsmark. After the nazis came to power he tried in vain to keep Jewish scientists on their posts. In 1935 he stepped down as general director and he became supervisor of I.G. Farben. In 1937 he became the president of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gesellschaft. The developments in Germany depressed him in 1939 and he attempted suicide. He died in 1940 in Heidelberg.

Images

The grave of Carl Bosch at the Bergfriedhof, Heidelberg.
Picture by Androom (21 Aug 2010)

 

Sources
Carl Bosch – Wikipedia


Bossan, Pierre-Marie

Published: 10 Jun 2018
Last update: 10 Jun 2018