Frankland, Edward

Frankland, Edward (1825-1899)


Frankland, Edward (Sir)

19th Century
Born: Churchton, Lancashire (England), 1825
Died: Golaa (Norway), 1899

Frankland taught himself chemistry. He went to Germany, where he met Kolbe, Liebig and Bunsen. He obtained his Ph.D. in Marburg (1849). In 1865 he succeeded Hofmann at the Royal College of Chemistry. He was the first to prepare organometallic compounds. This study led him to devise the theory of valence in 1852. Beginning in 1868 Frankland did a lot of work on river pollution, an important subject in industrial England.

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