Adolf von Baeyer, German organic chemist, 1907.
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Photogravure after a photograph of Baeyer (1835-1917) who won the 1905 Nobel Prize for chemistry. Baeyer studied under Bunsen in Heidelberg. His work covered the structure and synthisis of indigo (a blue dye); the synthesis of barbiturate drugs; the mechanism of photosynthesis; hydrobenzenes, terpenes, and polyalkynes. Baeyer wrote 'I have never planned my experiments to find out if I was right, but to see how the compounds behave'. That is, he did not set out to prove a theory but experimented with an open mind. From a collection of portraits of scientists published by Photographische Gesellschaft, Berlin, 1910. Dimensions: 460mm x 340mm.