Friedrich Gustav Carl Emil Erlenmeyer

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Friedrich Gustav Carl Emil Erlenmeyer
Born (1864-07-14)July 14, 1864
Heidelberg, Germany
Died February 8, 1921(1921-02-08) (aged 56)
Berlin, Germany
Institutions University of Straßburg, kaiserliche biologische Anstallt Dahlem
Alma mater University of Göttingen, (1888)
Known for Erlenmeyer azlactone synthesis

Friedrich Gustav Carl Emil Erlenmeyer (July 14, 1864 – February 8, 1921) was a German chemist and the discoverer of the Erlenmeyer-Plöchl azlactone and amino acid synthesis. He was the son of Richard August Carl Emil Erlenmeyer.

Friedrich Gustav Carl Emil Erlenmeyer was born in Heidelberg, but moved with his family to Munich in 1868. He studied at various Universities in Heidelberg Bonn Darmstadt and Marburg. He received his Ph.D. in 1888 from the University of Göttingen. 1893 he started working at the University of Strasbourg and from 1907 till his death in 1921 he was working at the kaiserliche biologische Anstallt Dahlem.

His son, Hans Erlenmeyer (1900-1967), worked also as chemist.


  • B. Lepsius (1921). "Friedrich Gustav Karl Emil Erlenmeyer 1864-1921". Berichte der deutschen chemischen Gesellschaft. 54 (5): A107–A113. doi:10.1002/cber.19210540539.