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Michael Polanyi: Scientist and Philosopher

William Taussig Scott and Martin X. Moleski


Michael Polanyi (1891–1976) was born to a Viennese family living in Hungary. After obtaining a medical degree, he served in the Austro-Hungarian army in World War I, then chose Austrian citizenship in the aftermath of the war. While on sick leave, he wrote an article on the adsorption of gases that became the foundation for his doctoral research in physical chemistry at Karlsruhe in Germany. In his later work at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute in Berlin and the University of Manchester in England, Polanyi also worked on crystallography and reaction kinetics. After fleeing to England from Nazi Ger ... More

Keywords: Michael Polanyi, adsorption, crystallography, reaction kinetics, physical chemistry, economics, philosophy of science, theology, tacit knowledge, personal knowledge

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195174335
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005 DOI:10.1093/019517433X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Taussig Scott, author
University of Nevada at Reno (deceased)

Martin X. Moleski, author
Canisius College
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