April 1915: Five future Nobel Prize–winners inaugurate weapons of mass destruction and the academic–industrial–military complex

@article{Kloot2004April1F,
  title={April 1915: Five future Nobel Prize–winners inaugurate weapons of mass destruction and the academic–industrial–military complex},
  author={William Van der Kloot},
  journal={Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London},
  year={2004},
  volume={58},
  pages={149 - 160}
}
  • W. Kloot
  • Published 22 May 2004
  • History
  • Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London
Poison gas warfare was initiated in the Great War by a German military unit that included five future Nobel laureates: James Franck, Fritz Haber, Otto Hahn, Gustav Hertz and Walther Nernst. It was Haber's idea to use poison gas. To implement gas warfare he devised an organization that meshed the academy into the military–industrial complex. Later three other Nobel laureates, Emil Fischer, Heinrich Wieland and Richard Willstätter, contributed to the enterprise. Huge quantities of poisons were… 

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