Otto Sackur

Otto Sackur (28 September 1880 in Breslau, Germany 17 December 1914 in Berlin, Germany) was a German physical chemist.

He is known for the development of the Sackur–Tetrode equation, which he developed independently of Hugo Tetrode. His and Tetrode's names are also combined to name the Sackur–Tetrode constant derived using the equation.

Sackur studied at the University of Breslau, receiving his doctorate there in 1901. He then worked in London before joining the Fritz Haber Institute in Berlin. He died in an explosion after mixing two chemicals.[1]


  1. * 4. (a) Charles, Daniel. (2005). Master Mind - the Rise and Fall of Fritz Haber, the Nobel Laureate who Launched the Age of Chemical Warfare, (pg. 155). New York: Harper Collins Publishers.
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