, Volume 38, Issue 3, pp 243–254

Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge (1794–1867): “Self-grown pictures” as precursors of paper chromatography

  • H. H. Bussemas
  • G. Harsch
  • L. S. Ettre
Historical Review

DOI: 10.1007/BF02290345

Cite this article as:
Bussemas, H.H., Harsch, G. & Ettre, L.S. Chromatographia (1994) 38: 243. doi:10.1007/BF02290345


F. F. Runge (1794–1867) made important contributions to the evolution of chemistry during the first part of the 19th century. In studying the possibility of carrying out reactions on filter paper, he produced pictures which strongly resemble present-day, circular paper chromatograms.

On the occasion of the bicentenary of Runge's birth, this paper summarizes his life and activities, with particular emphasis on his “chromatographic” work, and on his philosophical interpretation of these pictures.

Key Words

F. F. Runge History of chromatography Precursor of paper chromatography 

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© Friedr. Vieweg & Sohn Verlagsgesellschaft mbH 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. H. Bussemas
    • 1
  • G. Harsch
    • 2
  • L. S. Ettre
    • 3
  1. 1.Gemeinschaftspraxis für LaboratoriumsmedizinDortmundGermany
  2. 2.Institut für Didaktik der ChemieFachbereich Chemie der Westfälischen Wilhelms-UniversitätMünsterGermany
  3. 3.Department of Chemical EngineeringYale UniversityHew HavenUSA
  4. 4.NorwalkUSA

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