Hermann Leuchs

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Friedrich Hermann Leuchs
Born (1879-08-26)26 August 1879
Nürnberg, Germany
Died ?2 May 1945(1945-05-02) (aged 65)
Berlin, Germany
Nationality German
Fields Organic chemistry
Alma mater University of Berlin
Doctoral advisor Emil Fischer

Friedrich Hermann Leuchs (8 August 1879 – 2 May 1945) was a German chemist.


Leuchs studied chemistry at the University of Munich from 1898 till he changed to the University of Berlin He earned his Ph.D. with Hermann Emil Fischer in 1902 in Berlin. He steadily advanced in the hierarchy of the university, 1910 lecturer, assistant professor in 1914 and full professor in 1916. The ministry of education ensured him that he will succeeded Wilhelm Schlenk as head of the chemistry institute of the University of Berliner, this never happened. In his personality a strong misanthropy developed. The Nazi regime, World War II and the destruction of Berlin increased his psychological problems and at shortly before the war ended he committed suicide in his flat in Berlin. This happened most likely on the 2 May 1945.


His research dealt with the chemistry of amino acids and the chemistry of strychnine. He has the Leuchs reaction named after him and the Leuchs anhydride.