CHEMIST

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 243,304 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia. August Wilhelm von Hofmann is the 151st most popular chemist (down from 149th in 2019), the 962nd most popular biography from Germany (down from 745th in 2019) and the 34th 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

Among chemists, August Wilhelm von Hofmann ranks 151 out of 510Before him are John Newlands, Cyril Norman Hinshelwood, Stanley Miller, Robert S. Mulliken, William Howard Stein, and Georg Wittig. After him are Joachim Frank, Robert F. Furchgott, Leo Baekeland, William C. Campbell, Heinrich Gustav Magnus, and Marie-Anne Paulze Lavoisier.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1818, August Wilhelm von Hofmann ranks 17Before him are Lewis H. Morgan, Adolf Anderssen, Rudolf von Jhering, Leconte de Lisle, Charles III, Prince of Monaco, and Sophie of Württemberg. After him are Angelo Secchi, Emperor Norton, Mary Todd Lincoln, Thomas Mayne Reid, François d'Orléans, Prince of Joinville, and Amalia of Oldenburg. Among people deceased in 1892, August Wilhelm von Hofmann ranks 16Before him are Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse, Rudolf von Jhering, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale, Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolayevich of Russia, and Charles Spurgeon. After him are Louis Vuitton, Olga Nikolaevna of Russia, Tewfik Pasha, George Biddell Airy, Deodoro da Fonseca, and Annibale de Gasparis.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, August Wilhelm von Hofmann ranks 962 out of 5,289Before him are Ernst Barlach (1870), Bernd Schuster (1959), Stefan Lochner (1410), Helmut Rahn (1929), Klaus Fuchs (1911), and Georg Wittig (1897). After him are Joachim Frank (1940), Henry II, Duke of Austria (1107), Mary Wigman (1886), Ernst Hanfstaengl (1887), Johannes Valentinus Andreae (1586), and Hans Magnus Enzensberger (1929).

Among CHEMISTS In Germany

Among chemists born in Germany, August Wilhelm von Hofmann ranks 34Before him are Hennig Brand (1630), Ernst Otto Fischer (1918), Gerhard Ertl (1936), Manfred Eigen (1927), Fritz Strassmann (1902), and Georg Wittig (1897). After him are Joachim Frank (1940), Heinrich Gustav Magnus (1802), Feodor Lynen (1911), Robert Huber (1937), Gerhard Herzberg (1904), and Emil Erlenmeyer (1825).