Medical Essay Paper on Heroes of Medicine

Heroes of Medicine

            Fritz Haber is one of the renowned people in the fields of medicine and physiology through his scientific contribution to the issue of synthesizing ammonia for the production of fertilizer and explosives. In the efforts of trying to understand chemical synthesis and especially the production of fertilizers and explosives from ammonia, Haber made a great discovery that paved way for the prevention and the understanding of the chemical combinations. He has worked with several organizations in the field of medicine and physiology so far. His most notable achievements include the Haber process, Born-Haber cycle, fertilizers, Haber-Weiss reaction, chemical warfare, and explosives. His achievements in the field of science make him a hero and a person of influence for many young people with the desire of joining the medical profession (Barbour 2014: 91).

            Haber was born to a Jewish family in Germany where he grew up expected to follow the Jewish religion since the parents were strong believers of the same. His mother died early thus leaving Haber to be raised by his aunties and step mother who joined their family when Haber was six. He had a rough time getting along with his father but his stepmother was kind to him something that sired a great relationship between the stepmother and the three half sisters. Haber attended schools with mixed groups of people in terms of religion something that made him loose the Jewish touch of his personality and considered himself more of a German than Jewish. Having no close affiliation to any religion gave him access to different organizations that helped him develop his career (Barbour 2000: 50). After attending several colleges in Berlin to study chemistry, Haber returned home to work with his father in the family business, which was a dye pigment pints, and pharmaceutical company that his father established (Smil 2001: 81). He could not get along with his father, therefore, through some connections; he worked for several companies within his field on of them being Australian ammonia-sodium Company. Working in this organization raised his curiosity of technical processes and he requested his father to allow him to go back to the university to study the same. He attended a college in Zurich that offered various chemical teachings and later on returned to work with his father although that did not last long because the two men could not work together.

            His career seems to have started officially when he left his father’s company to gain more knowledge on the technical process. After it was established that the two could not work together, Haber associated himself with great scientists in the filed of chemistry especially Engler who was instrumental in directing Haber to his right career path. Engler introduced Haber to Bunte a renowned chemist and together they made great discoveries in the chemical world. At the same time, Haber taught chemical and physical reactions at several universities, which gave him chances to travel to various places to establish certain chemical processes. Haber together with one of his colleague was the first people to establish a considerable explanation to the textile printing process. This and many more achievements in the technical process attracted many people to his work. During the world war, he helped develop chemical warfare as well as gas masks that could protect people from certain chemicals thus making him an important person in Germany (Stoltzenberg 2004: 49).


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