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Johannes Nicolaus Brønsted Biography


Johannes Nicolaus Brønsted:

Johannes Nicolaus Brønsted was a Danish physical chemist.


February 22, 1879 in Varde, Denmark


December 17, 1947 in Copenhagen, Denmark

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Brønsted was a Danish chemist best known for his proton theories of acids and bases. He developed his theory at the same time as a similar theory proposed by English chemist Thomas Lowry so the theory is generally known as Bronsted-Lowry acids. It suggests acids are solutions that donate protons to bases in acid/base reactions. He also made several contributions to the understanding of the catalytic action of acids and bases.

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