Friedrich Wohler Facts

Friedrich Wohler Facts
Friederich Wohler (31 July 1800 to 23 September 1882) was a German chemist. He was the first to isolate several chemical elements but is best known for synthesizing urea.
Interesting Friedrich Wohler Facts:
Frederich Wohler was born in Eschersheim,Germany near Frankfort am Main.
In 1823 he finished his study of medicine in Heidelberg and qualified for his M.D.
From 1826 to 1831 he taught chemistry at the Polytechnic School in Berlin and from 1831 to 1836 he became professor of chemistry in Kassel.
In 1881 became an Ordinary Professor of Chemistry in the University of Gottingen where he remained until his death in 1882.
In 1828 Wohler synthesized urea in the laboratory and though it was not his intention, was the beginning of the end of the vitalist theory that organic compounds could only be made by living things.
He was the co-discoverer of beryllium, silicon and silicon nitride.
In 1834 he and Justus Liebig published their study on the oil of bitter almonds which proved that a group of atoms can act like a single element and be exchanged for elements in chemical compounds.
This was the basis for the doctrine of compound radicals which had a lasting influence on the development of chemistry.
He isolated the elements yttrium and titanium.
He was intrigued by the finding that meteors contained organic matter and spent years analyzing meteorites and amassing a large collection of them.
His discoveries were ground breaking and the Scientific American of 1882 remarked that "for two or three of his researches he deserves the highest honor a scientific man can obtain but the sum of his work is absolutely overwhelming...."
He was awarded the Copley Medal in 1872.

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