Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner
|Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner|
Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner
13 December 1780|
Hof, Principality of Bayreuth
|Died||24 March 1849
Jena, Grand Duchy of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
|Known for||Döbereiner's triads
|Institutions||University of Jena|
Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner (13 December 1780 – 24 March 1849) was a German chemist who is best known for work that foreshadowed the periodic law for the chemical elements and inventing the first lighter, which was known as the Döbereiner's lamp. He became a professor of chemistry and pharmacy at the University of Jena.
Life and work
As a coachman's son, Döbereiner had little opportunity for formal schooling. So he was apprenticed to an apothecary, reading widely and attending science lectures. He eventually became a professor at the University of Jena in 1810; he also studied chemistry at Strasbourg. In work published in 1829, Döbereiner reported trends in certain properties of selected groups of elements. For example, the average atomic mass of lithium and potassium was close to the atomic mass of sodium. A similar pattern was found with calcium, strontium, and barium, with sulphur, selenium, and tellurium, and also with chlorine, bromine, and iodine. Moreover, the densities for some of these triads followed a similar pattern. These sets of elements became known as "Döbereiner's triads".
Döbereiner also is known for his discovery of furfural, for his work on the use of platinum as a catalyst, and for a lighter, known as Döbereiner's lamp. By 1828 hundreds of thousands of these lighters had been mass produced by the German manufacturer Gottfried Piegler in Schleiz.
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an attempt which I made twelve years ago to group substances by their analogies.
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|Wikisource has the text of a 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica article about Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner.|
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