Fritz Haber: Good or Bad?

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Fritz Haber was a German chemist of Jewish origin who developed the Haber process, which was the first industrially perfected method of synthesizing Ammonia from Nitrogen and Hydrogen gases. This invention was of importance to the synthesis of fertilizers and explosives. The food production for half the world's current population depends on this method for producing fertilizer.Haber is also remembered to history as the "father of chemical warfare" for his actions during the Second Battle of Ypres and for his years of pioneering work developing and weaponizing chlorine and other poisonous gases during World War I. Science and technology have the potential to be used for good or bad. Fritz Haber won a Nobel Peace Prize for what he did. In the time of World War 1, starvation was normal to eyes of people. Haber saved thousands of people from starvation. The cause for that starvation was mainly because of the soil. It wasn’t the soils fault, it was humans fault. But even if it is our fault, you can’t go blaming humans for eating too much, because that’s what we do. Haber created a nitrogen fixer. With that, soil was invented and the population succeeded from 1.5 billion to 7 billion in just 80 years. During World War I, Haber wholeheartedly devoted the resources of his research institute to meeting Germany’s wartime demands for chemical products and synthetic substitutes. Requests from the military for possible tear gases and other irritants led Haber to propose the use of chlorine gas as a chemical weapon, a suggestion first tried at Ypres, France, in April 1915. The use of gas-warfare agents rapidly increased on both sides of the conflict, and by 1916 Haber found himself acting as chief of Germany’s Chemical Warfare Service. So you see, technology can hurt us the same way it can help us. Technology is really cool nowadays. With smart robots, efficient cars and
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