Goldschmidt studied chemistry at the University of Berlin, and then trained as a colorist, a specialist in dyeing textiles. In 1834, he converted to Protestant Christianity. On 8 December 1847, he founded a chemical factory in Berlin. In 1911, it became "Th. Goldschmidt AG". Goldschmidt was a city councilor in Berlin, was interested in philosophy and maintained close contacts with the famous chemists of his time.
Karl Goldschmidt and Hans Goldschmidt were his sons.
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- Walter Däbritz, Barbara Gerstein (1964), "Goldschmidt, Johann Wilhelm", Neue Deutsche Biographie (NDB) (in German), 6, Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, pp. 609–609
- * http://www.degussa-geschichte.de/geschichte/en/inventions/monopol_soap.html
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