Johannes Thiele (chemist)
|Friedrich Karl Johannes Thiele|
May 13, 1865|
now Racibórz, Poland
|Died||April 17, 1918
Straßburg, German Empire,
now Strasbourg, France
|Institutions||University of Munich,
University of Straßburg
|Alma mater||University of Halle|
|Doctoral advisor||Jacob Volhard|
|Doctoral students||Heinrich Otto Wieland,
Sir Robert H. Pickard
|Known for||Thiele tube|
Friedrich Karl Johannes Thiele (May 13, 1865 – April 17, 1918) was a German chemist and a prominent professor at several universities, including those in Munich and Strasbourg. He developed many laboratory techniques related to isolation of organic compounds. In 1917 he described a device for the accurate determination of melting points, since named Thiele tube after him.
Thiele was born in Ratibor, Prussia, now Racibórz, Poland. Thiele studied mathematics at the University of Breslau but later turned to chemistry, receiving his doctorate from Halle in 1890 . He taught at the University of Munich from 1893 to 1902, when he was appointed professor of chemistry at Strasbourg.
After Kekulé's proposal for benzene structure in 1865, he suggested a "Partial Valence Hypothesis", which concerned double and triple carbon-carbon bonds with which he explains their particular reactivity. In 1899 this led to the prediction of the resonance that existed in benzene, and he proposed a resonance structure, by using a broken circle to represent the partial bonds. Later this problem was completely solved with the advent of quantum theory.
In 1899, Thiele was head of Organic Chemistry at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences in Munich. With his associate Otto Holzinger, he synthesised an iminodibenzyl nucleus: two benzene rings attached together by a nitrogen atom and an ethylene bridge.
He discovered the condensation of ketones and aldehydes with cyclopentadiene as a route to fulvenes. He also recognized that these deeply colored species were related to but isomeric with benzene derivatives.
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