Pierre Joseph Pelletier

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Pierre-Joseph Pelletier
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Pierre Joseph Pelletier
Born22 March 1788
Died19 July 1842 (1842-07-20) (aged 54)
Known foralkaloids, quinine and strychnine
Scientific career
Fieldschemistry, pharmacy

Pierre-Joseph Pelletier (UK: /ˈpɛləti/, US: /ˌpɛləˈtj/, French: [pjɛʁʒozɛf pɛltje];[1] 22 March 1788 – 19 July 1842) was a French chemist and pharmacist[2] who did notable research on vegetable alkaloids, and was the co-discoverer with Joseph Bienaimé Caventou of quinine, caffeine, and strychnine.[3] He was also a collaborator and co-author with Polish chemist Filip Walter.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wells, John C. (2008). Longman Pronunciation Dictionary (3rd ed.). Longman. ISBN 978-1-4058-8118-0.
  2. ^ "Pelletier, Pierre-Joseph". encyclopedia.com. Encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  3. ^ Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Pierre-Joseph Pelletier" . Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.

Further reading[edit]

  • Delepine, Marcel (1951). "Joseph Pelletier and Joseph Caventou". Journal of Chemical Education. 28 (September): 454–461. doi:10.1021/ed028p454.