Alfred Werner (12 December 1866 - 15 November 1919) was a Swiss chemist who was a student at ETH Zurich and a professor at the University of Zurich.

He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1913 "in recognition of his work on the linkage of atoms in molecules by which he has thrown new light on earlier investigations and opened up new fields of research especially in inorganic chemistry"

Werner developed the basis for modern coordination chemistry. He was the first inorganic chemist to win the Nobel prize, and the only one prior to 1973.


Activities and information of the University of Zurich to the Alfred Werner anniversary (

Alfred Werner Symposium at University of Zurich: November 22, 2013

Alfred Werner Commemoration Volume (VHCA)

Alfred Werner page on 

David Spichiger, SCS