Chemistry and History

The Chemical Educator

, Volume 4, Issue 5, pp 186-197

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From Triads to Catalysis: Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner (1780–1849) on the 150th Anniversary of His Death

  • George B. KauffmanAffiliated withDepartment of Chemistry, California State University, Fresno Email author 

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The Time: May 7, 1999. The Place: The auditorium (Döbereiner-Hörsaal) (Figure 1) of the Chemical Institute of the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, the famous German university founded in 1558, which numbered among its faculty the illustrious philosophers Johann Gottlieb Fichte, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, and Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling; the writer and critic Friedrich von Schlegel; and the dramatist and poet (Johann Christoph) Friedrich Schiller, whose name the university now bears [1].