Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Adolf von Baeyer

31 October 1835, Berlin – 20 August 1917, Starnberg

Adolf von Baeyer studied mathematics and physics in Berlin and later switched to chemistry in Heidelberg. In 1860 he qualified as a professor at Berliner Universität and became an associate lecturer (Privatdozent). After teaching at the Berlin Industrial Institute (Gewerbeinstitut), he returned to the university as an associate professor of chemistry in 1866 and stayed until 1872.

Von Baeyer synthesized the dye 'indigo' and determined its molecular structure by experimental means. Among his other successes was the synthetic production of uric acid; he conducted this work with Emil Fischer. His theoretical research covered virtually the entire field of organic chemistry. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1905 for his achievements in dye chemistry.