Ten fun facts about Friedrich Wöhler


Fact 1
He was best known for his synthesis of urea.

Fact 2
He was the first to isolate several chemical elements.

Fact 3
In 1834, he was elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.


Fact 4
Wöhler is regarded as a pioneer in organic chemistry as a result of his synthesizing urea in the Wöhler synthesis in 1828.

Fact 5
Wöhler was also known for being a co-discoverer of beryllium, silicon and silicon nitride, as well as the synthesis of calcium carbide, among others. In

Fact 6
1834, Wöhler and Justus Liebig published an investigation of the oil of bitter almonds.

Fact 7
Wöhler's discoveries had great influence on the theory of chemistry.

Fact 8
The journals of every year from 1820 to 1881 contain contributions from him.

Fact 9
In the Scientific American supplement for 1882, it was 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. Had he never lived, the aspect of chemistry would be very different from that it is now".

Fact 10
Wöhler had several students who became notable chemists. Among them were Georg Ludwig Carius, Heinrich Limpricht, Rudolph Fittig, Adolph Wilhelm Hermann Kolbe, Albert Niemann, and Vojtěch Šafařík.


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