Peter Waage

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Peter Waage
Guldberg und Waage 01.jpg
Guldberg and Waage
Born (1833-06-29)29 June 1833
Died 13 January 1900(1900-01-13) (aged 66)
Kristiania (now Oslo)
Nationality Norwegian
Fields chemistry
Institutions Royal Frederick University ,br.(now University of Oslo)
Known for law of mass action

Peter Waage (29 June 1833 – 13 January 1900) was a Norwegian chemist. Along with his brother-in-law Cato Maximilian Guldberg, he co-discovered and developed the law of mass action between 1864 and 1879.[1][2]

He grew up on the island of Hidra in Vest-Agder as the son of a ship's captain. He attended the Bergen Cathedral School and studied chemistry at the University of Christiania (now University of Oslo) under Adolph Strecker. In 1861, Waage was made an associate professor and in 1866 he was appointed professor of chemistry at the university. He remained a professor at the University over 30 years. He was also chairman of the Norwegian Polytechnic Society from 1868 to 1869, and the first chairman of the Norwegian branch of the YMCA when it was established in 1880.[3]



  1. ^ Asimov, Asimov's Biographical Encyclopedia of Science and Technology 2nd Revised edition
  2. ^ Ove Kjølberg. "Peter Waage". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved January 1, 2017. 
  3. ^ Bjørn Pedersen. "Peter Waage – norsk kjemiker". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved January 1, 2017. 
Preceded by
Cato Maximilian Guldberg
Chairman of the Norwegian Polytechnic Society
Succeeded by
Cato Maximilian Guldberg