Liebig, Justus

Liebig, Justus (1803-1873)


Liebig, Justus

19th Century
Born: Darmstadt (Germany), 1803 
Died: München (Germany), 1873

In 1824 Liebig became professor in Giessen where he established a laboratory to teach the methods of chemical research. In 1852 he moved to München. Liebig´s work covered technical chemistry (galvanoplastic, silver-plating of glass etc.), analytical chemistry (separation of Ni and Co, quantitative determination of prussic acid, methods for organic elementary analysis), research in inorganic chemistry (isomerism of cyanic and fulminic acid) and research in organic chemistry especially on ´radicals´ (benzaldehyde etc.), sometimes in co-operation with Friedrich Wöhler. He also worked on the chemistry of chlorinated substances like chloral, chloroform etc. and on many others. Liebig is also one of the founders of agricultural chemistry (mineral fertilisers and extract of beef).

Related Links

Link icon Eric Weisstein’s World of Scientific Biography: Liebig, Justus von (1803-1873)
German analytical chemist who collaborated with Wöhler in organic chemistry investigations.
Link icon The Liebig – Museum In Giessen
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