Pierre Joseph Pelletier

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Pierre-Joseph Pelletier
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Pierre Joseph Pelletier
Born 22 March 1788
Died 19 July 1842 (1842-07-20) (aged 54)
Nationality French
Known for alkaloids, quinine and strychnine
Scientific career
Fields chemistry, pharmacy

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Pelletier, Pierre-Joseph". encyclopedia.com. Encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 20 May 2017. 
  2. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg 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.