Auguste Laurent

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Auguste Laurent
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Born 14 November 1807
La Folie
Died 15 April 1853 (1853-04-16) (aged 45)
Nationality French
Known for anthracene
phthalic acid
carbolic acid
Scientific career
Fields chemistry

Auguste Laurent (14 November 1807 – 15 April 1853) was a French chemist who helped in the founding of organic chemistry with his discoveries of anthracene, phthalic acid, and carbolic acid.

He devised a systematic nomenclature for organic chemistry based on structural grouping of atoms within molecules to determine how the molecules combine in organic reactions. He studied under Jean-Baptiste Dumas as a laboratory assistant and worked with Charles Frédéric Gerhardt.


Marc Tiffeneau (ed.) (1918). Correspondance de Charles Gerhardt, tome 1, Laurent et Gerhardt, Paris, Masson.


Fisher, Nicholas W. "Auguste Laurent." Encyclopædia Britannica Mobile. 2013. web.

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