, Volume 35, Issue 3, pp 223–231

M. S. Tswett and the discovery of chromatography I: Early work (1899–1903)

  • L. S. Ettre
  • K. I. Sakodynskii

DOI: 10.1007/BF02269707

Cite this article as:
Ettre, L.S. & Sakodynskii, K.I. Chromatographia (1993) 35: 223. doi:10.1007/BF02269707


On the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the Warsaw lecture of M. S. Tswett representing the first report on the chromatographic technique, this two-part article outlines the evolution of the method. This part deals with Tswett's early work in 1899–1901 and his research in 1901–1903 leading to the lecture at Warsaw. The second part will deal with the fundamental twin papers of 1906, with his book of 1910, summarizing all his activities related to the investigation of plant pigments and to the development of chromatography, and with a few special questions related to Tswett's scientific activities in this field.

Key Words

ChromatographyHistory of chromatographyM. S. Tswett

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© Friedr. Vieweg & Sohn Verlagsgesellschaft mbH 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. S. Ettre
    • 1
  • K. I. Sakodynskii
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringYale UniversityNew HavenUSA
  2. 2.“M.S. Tswett” Association of ChromatographersMoscowRussian Federation