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Fritz Haber's speech accepting the 1918 Nobel prize for chemistry and his official Nobel laureate biography.

The Archive for the History of the Max Planck Society, located a short walk from Haber's former villa in Berlin, holds the single most important collection of documents on Fritz Haber's life and work.

A short history of the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society for the History of Science, which occupies the buildings where Fritz Haber once lived and worked.

My two-part radio series on Fritz Haber and nitrogen aired on NPR's Morning Edition in July, 2002.

The book Einstein's German World, by historian Fritz Stern, contains a substantial chapter about Haber's friendship with Einstein. Stern's father, Rudolf Stern, was Haber's close friend and protege.

The Chemical Heritage Foundation has published an English translation of Dietrich Stoltzenberg's biography of Haber, titled Fritz Haber: Chemist, Nobel Laureate, German, Jew. The most comprehensive account of Fritz Haber's life, however, remains Fritz Haber 1868-1934: Eine Biographie, by Margit Szöllössi-Janze. This massive work, however, only exists in German.

A short film about Fritz Haber, in the works for several years, premiered during the summer of 2008 at several film festivals.  It won top honors at the LA Shorts festival.

In 2001, Roald Hoffman and Pierre Laszlo wrote this review of literary works on Fritz Haber. The article was published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition.