Ten fun facts about Friedrich August Kekulé


Fact 1
From the 1850s until his death, Kekule was one of the most prominent chemists in Europe, especially in theoretical chemistry.

Fact 2
He was the principal founder of the theory of chemical structure.

Fact 3
Kekulé never used his first given name; he was known throughout his life as August Kekulé.


Fact 4
After he was ennobled by the Kaiser in 1895, he adopted the name August Kekule von Stradonitz, without the French acute accent over the second "e".

Fact 5
The French accent had apparently been added to the name by Kekulé's father during the Napoleonic occupation of Hesse by France, in order to ensure that French speakers pronounced the third syllable.

Fact 6
Kekulé was born in Darmstadt, the son of a civil servant.

Fact 7
Following his education in Giessen, he took postdoctoral fellowships in Paris (1851–52), in Chur, Switzerland (1852–53), and in London (1853–55), where he was decisively influenced by Alexander Williamson.

Fact 8
In 1858 he was hired as full professor at the University of Ghent, then in 1867 he was called to Bonn, where he remained for the rest of his career.

Fact 9
Kekulé was the principal formulator of the theory of chemical structure (1857–58).

Fact 10
Kekulé's most famous work was on the structure of benzene.


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