An introduction to the life of friedrich august kekule

Let us learn to dreamgentlemen, and then perhaps we shall learn the truth. For organic chemists, the theory of structure provided dramatic new clarity of understanding, and a reliable guide to both analytic and especially synthetic work.

Benzene was historically used as a significant component in many consumer products such as Liquid Wrenchseveral paint strippersrubber cementsspot removers, and other products.

He proposed that carbon was tetravalent valence of four and that one of the four bonds of the carbon atom could be used to join with another carbon atom.

I saw how the larger ones formed a chain, dragging the smaller ones after them but only at the ends of the chains. The doctrine of atomicity had already been enunciated by E. He further installed, at his own expense, a lecture room and a laboratory in the first two floors of a house on the main street of Heidelberg, and it was in this private laboratory that he carried out his experiments on the chemical constitution of fulminate of mercury.

He remained in this position until his death in He is the first systematic botanist. John McMurry, Organic Chemistry 8th ed. However, the precise dating of these dreams, and even their very existence, has been contested.

I fell into a reverie, and lo, the atoms were gamboling before my eyes. Several of his intuitions were correct, though, including the finiteness of the speed of light.

Aromaticity The various representations of benzene. The simplest case is when two carbon atoms are combined so that one affinity of the one is tied to one affinity of the other; two, therefore, of the affinities of the two atoms are occupied in keeping the two atoms together, and only the remaining six are available for atoms of other elements.

Early in Kekule moved to the University of Heidelbergwhere he qualified as a lecturer and began to produce important research in organic chemistry.

Alexander von Humboldt

He later claimed that the idea came to him in a dream as he fell half-asleep in front of the fireplace or, in some of his tellings of the tale, as he rode in the upper seats of a London double-decker bus.

As if by a flash of lightning I awoke; and this time also I spent the rest of the night in working out the consequences of the hypothesis.

Blaise Pascal (1623–1662)

However, the chemistry of benzene was not always consistent with this structural formula. Hofmann had gone to Berlin—he accepted it gladly. After he was ennobled by the Kaiser inhe adopted the name August Kekule von Stradonitz, without the French acute accent over the second "e".

The aromatic products of the reaction are then separated from the reaction mixture or reformate by extraction with any one of a number of solventsincluding diethylene glycol or sulfolaneand benzene is then separated from the other aromatics by distillation.

It was only after Tollens and Fitting brought out their excellent work on the synthesis of the hydrocarbons of the benzene series that he decided to make his own work known.

Similarly, additional carbon and hydrogen units could be added, extending the carbon atom chain and forming an ordered series. Some chemists, notably Adolph Wilhelm Hermann Kolbe, heavily criticized the use of structural formulas that were offered, as he thought, without proof.

Zeno was his eromenos. He had a prodigious memory for chemical details, a complete mastery of English and French in addition to his native German, and—most important—one of the most fruitful scientific imaginations of any scientist of his day. Archibald Scott Couper independently arrived at the idea of self-linking of carbon atoms his paper appeared in June [3]and provided the first molecular formulas where lines symbolize bonds connecting the atoms.Friedrich August Kekulé, later Friedrich August Kekule von Stradonitz (7 September – 13 July ) was a German organic chemist.

From the s until his death, Kekulé was one of the most prominent chemists in Europe, especially in theoretical chemistry. He was the principal founder of the theory of chemical structure. Friedrich August Kekulé The German chemist Friedrich August Kekulé () was the founder of structural organic chemistry.

August Kekulé, later Kekulé von Stradonitz, was born on Sept. 7,in the city of Darmstadt. Friedrich August Kekulé, later Friedrich August Kekule von Stradonitz (German pronunciation: [ˈfriːdrɪç ˈaʊɡʊst ˈkekuːle fɔn ʃtraˈdoːnɪts]) (7 September – 13 July ) was a German organic chemist.

Friedrich August Kekule Fredrich August Kekule lived during a time when organic chemistry was a new topic within chemistry and structures were unknown.

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Kekulé’s Dream

Friedrich August Kekulé, later Friedrich August Kekule von Stradonitz (German:; 7 September – 13 July ), was a German organic chemist. From the s until his death, Kekulé was one of the most prominent chemists in Europe, especially in theoretical chemistry.

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