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August Wilhelm von Hofmann

1818 - 1892

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August Wilhelm von Hofmann (8 April 1818 – 5 May 1892) was a German chemist who made considerable contributions to organic chemistry. His research on aniline helped lay the basis of the aniline-dye industry, and his research on coal tar laid the groundwork for his student Charles Mansfield's practical methods for extracting benzene and toluene and converting them into nitro compounds and amines. Hofmann's discoveries include formaldehyde, hydrazobenzene, the isonitriles, and allyl alcohol. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of August Wilhelm von Hofmann has received more than 318,748 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). August Wilhelm von Hofmann is the 172nd most popular chemist (down from 151st in 2019), the 988th most popular biography from Germany (down from 962nd in 2019) and the 36th most popular German Chemist.

Hofmann is most famous for his discovery of the chemical structure of the active ingredient in cannabis, THC.

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Among chemists, August Wilhelm von Hofmann ranks 172 out of 509Before him are Hans von Euler-Chelpin, Robert Huber, Robert S. Mulliken, Sophia Brahe, Katalin Karikó, and Wallace Carothers. After him are John Vane, Rodney Robert Porter, Stephanie Kwolek, Arthur Kornberg, George Porter, and Georg Wittig.

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Among people born in 1818, August Wilhelm von Hofmann ranks 20Before him are Adolf Anderssen, Emperor Norton, Charles III, Prince of Monaco, Leconte de Lisle, Sophie of Württemberg, and Archduke Karl Ferdinand of Austria. After him are Frederick Douglass, Angelo Secchi, Mary Todd Lincoln, Thomas Mayne Reid, Amalia of Oldenburg, and Richard Jordan Gatling. Among people deceased in 1892, August Wilhelm von Hofmann ranks 19Before him are Louis Vuitton, Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Olga Nikolaevna of Russia, Charles Spurgeon, and Deodoro da Fonseca. After him are Tewfik Pasha, George Biddell Airy, Yoshitoshi, Princess Alexandrine of Prussia, Henry Walter Bates, and Archduke Karl Salvator of Austria.

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Among people born in Germany, August Wilhelm von Hofmann ranks 988 out of 6,142Before him are Alfred von Waldersee (1832), Christian Thomasius (1655), Berti Vogts (1946), Conrad Schumann (1942), Henry II, Duke of Austria (1107), and Ernst Zermelo (1871). After him are Ernst Heinkel (1888), Ludwig Guttmann (1899), Theodor W. Hänsch (1941), Prince Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine (1823), Duchess Marie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1854), and Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen (1792).

Among CHEMISTS In Germany

Among chemists born in Germany, August Wilhelm von Hofmann ranks 36Before him are Ernst Otto Fischer (1918), Fritz Strassmann (1902), Hennig Brand (1630), Heinrich Gustav Magnus (1802), Hans von Euler-Chelpin (1873), and Robert Huber (1937). After him are Georg Wittig (1897), Joachim Frank (1940), Gerhard Herzberg (1904), Johann Deisenhofer (1943), Emil Erlenmeyer (1825), and Feodor Lynen (1911).