Wilhelm Heinrich Heintz

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Wilhelm Heinrich Heintz
Born (1817-11-04)4 November 1817
Died 1 December 1880(1880-12-01) (aged 63)
Residence Germany
Nationality German
Fields Chemist and Physicist
Institutions Berlin University
University of Halle
Doctoral advisor Heinrich Rose
Doctoral students Johannes Wislicenus
Known for Margaric acid
heptadecanoic acid
Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft

Wilhelm Heinrich Heintz (4 November 1817 – 1 December 1880) was a German structural chemist who earned his PhD at Berlin in 1844 under Heinrich Rose. He was one of six founding members of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft and the only chemist.

In 1853 he analyzed margaric acid as simply a combination of stearic acid and palmitic acid.[1]

At Halle, Heintz supervised Johannes Wislicenus's Ph.D. work,[citation needed] although Wislicenus' pro forma advisor at Zurich was Georg Karl Andreas Städeler.[citation needed]

The mineral Heintzite is named for him.


  1. ^ C.G. Lehmann, Lehrbuch der physiologischen Chemie, Verlag Wilhelm Engelmann, Leipzig (1853) p71.
  • Partington, J. R. "A History of Chemistry"; Macmillan: 1964; vol 4, page 359.
  • Nature (1881), vol 23, pages 245-246.
  • Chem. Ber. (1883), vol 16, pages 3121-3140.
  • Poggendorff I: pages 1051-52
  • Lehrbuch der Zoochemie. Berlin: Druck und Verlag von Georg Reimer, (1853)

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