Gottfried Christoph Beireis

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Gottfried Christoph Beireis
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Gottfried Christoph Beireis
Born (1730-03-02)2 March 1730
Free imperial city of Mühlhausen, Holy Roman Empire
Died 18 September 1809(1809-09-18) (aged 79)
Helmstedt, Kingdom of Westphalia
Residence Germany
Nationality German
Fields Physicist, chemist, and physician
Institutions University of Helmstedt
Alma mater University of Helmstedt
Doctoral advisor Lorenz Heister
Other academic advisors Georg Erhardt Hamberger
Doctoral students Christian Heinrich Bünger
Known for Production of cinnabar red dye

Gottfried Christoph Beireis (2 March 1730 – 18 September 1809) was a German chemist and doctor. He was also a collector of curiosities who rescued some of Jacques de Vaucanson's automata.[1]

Beireis was born in Mühlhausen. He taught anatomy, medicine, surgery, chemistry, botany, natural history, pharmacy, mineralogy, metallurgy, agriculture, forestry, music, painting, and numismatics.[citation needed]

As a student, he discovered a way to convert ammonium sulfide to cinnabar and made a fortune selling the latter as a red dye.[citation needed]

Beireis was a student of Georg Erhardt Hamberger's in Jena in 1753. Beireis became a professor in 1759 without having obtained his MD degree; the degree was awarded subsequently for work done at Helmstadt under Lorenz Heister between 1756 and 1759.[citation needed]

He died in Helmstedt.[citation needed]

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