Baeyer, [Johann Friedrich Wilhelm] Adolf von

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Born: Oct 31, 1835 AD
Died: 1917 AD, at 81 years of age.

Nationality: German
Categories: Chemists


1835 - Born on the 31st of October in Berlin.


1853-1855 - Devoted his first two years as a student at the University of Berlin chiefly to physics and mathematics.

 

1856- His love for chemistry re-awakened and drew him to Bunsen's laboratory in Heidelberg.

 

1857 - His studies on methyl chloride resulted in his first published work.

 

1858 - Received his doctorate in Berlin for his work on cacodyl compounds which had been done in Kekulé's laboratory.

 

1860 - Worked as a Professor at Ghent and he study uric acid, which also led him to the discovery of barbituric acid.

 

1865 - Started his work on indigo - the blue dye had fascinated him since his youth-and this soon led to the discovery of indole and to the partial synthesis of indigotin.

 

1868 - Married Adelheid (Lida) Bendemann.

 

1871 - He brought to light that important category of dyestuffs - the phthaleins. Baeyer's theory of carbon-dioxide assimilation in formaldehyde also belongs to this period.

 

1873 - On the death of Justus von Liebig, Baeyer was called to his Chair in the University of Munich.

 

1881 - The Royal Society of London awarded Baeyer the Davy Medal for his work with indigo.

 

1905 - He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. 

 

1917 - He died 20th of August in Starnberg, Germany.

 

 

 

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