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Fertiliser and Poison Gas: Chemist Fritz Haber

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German chemist Fritz Haber's discovery of how to turn atmospheric nitrogen into ammonia is seen as one of the most significant of 20th-century science - it enabled the industrial manufacture of fertilisers, which now provide food for up to half the planet's people. However, he was also responsible for the development and deployment of poison gas on the battlefields of the First World War and is remembered by some as the `father of chemical warfare". Bridget Kendall examines a life that epitomises science's capacity to create and to destroy - and hears how Haber was also touched by personal tragedy and a growing threat to his Jewishness

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