The history of the Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry (Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie) is described in several articles in a recently published book edited by Horst Kant and Carsten Reinhardt (Kant and Reinhardt, 2012).

In 1911 the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften (KWG- Kaiser-Wilhelm-Society for the Promotion of Sciences) was founded in Berlin. It was the progenitor of the Max-Planck-Society, a name given to the society in 1946, after the Second World War. One of the first institutes of the KWG was the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Institute (KWI) for Chemistry with its director Ernst Otto Beckmann, founded in 1912. Initially the KWI for Chemistry...

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