It is thought that two in five people owe their existence to the discoveries made by one brilliant chemist. However despite this incredible discovery many people still call Fritz Haber a murderer.
See a previous post for more details of the Haber process
As a base it also reacts with acids to form a salt such as ammonium phosphate which is often used to add Nitrogen and Phosphorus to soils. (soils need nutrients often called NPK, or nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, fertilisers provide these nutrients)
Tonight on BBC radio 4 will be a programme looking at the life and work of Fritz Haber
Chris Bowlby’s The Chemist of Life and Death; Tuesday 12 April at 2100 BST and again on Wednesday 13 April at 1630
Also available on the BBC iPlayer