By George B. Kauffman
A new release in the past, near1y all students who p1anned to turn into chemists have been required to take a path within the historical past in their topic, yet these days, such classes aren't required, and in lots of schoo1s, usually are not even provided. it really is argued that the topic of chemistry is increasing so rapid1y that scholars can hard1y grasp the cloth which fills the recent textual content books, to assert not anything of 1earning what chemists suggestion and did a century in the past. even though this standpoint has a few validity, it fails take into consideration the even more very important incontrovertible fact that one can't relatively comprehend or enjoy the current place of technological know-how un1ess he is aware whatever of the gradual and tortuous steps during which it deve10ped. His skill to he1p it stream ahead should be drastically greater by way of an figuring out of the deliberating the chemists who equipped the theories which we use this present day. it's been tru1y stated, "He who is familiar with on1y his personal new release is still a1ways a chi1d. " the looks of a booklet which information the start of a superb improvement in chemistry is accordingly an important occasion, and one that we welcome warmly. The occasions that are chronieled listed below are now some distance sufficient at the back of us to permit a elear evaluate in their value, yet elose sufficient that there nonetheless stay a number of those that knew WERNER in my view, and who've preserved intimate documents of his paintings. therefore, Prof.
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I am conscious of having worked quite diligently. " The first experimental work published by WERNER in support of his coordination theory was carried out in collaboration with his friend and former fellow-student, .. The present author would estimate that the number of preparations is in excess of 8,000! This immense collection of complexes was exhibited at the Schweizerische Landesausstellung (Ländi) (Swiss National Exhibition) held at Berne in 1914. 3· 35 ARTURO MIOLATI (1869-1956) , later Professor of Chemistry at the Universities of Turin and Padua.
4, 1892, while WERNER was still at work in Paris with BERTHELOT, the Hohe Schweizerische Schulrat, which had accepted his Habilitationsschrift, named hirn Privat-Dozent in the Freifächerabtheilung (elective subjects division) of the Polytechnikum. For the subject of the public inaugural address (Antrittsvorlesung) required of every new Privat-Dozent sometime during his first year of teaching, WERNER chose the perenially popular "benzene problem", which he had already touched upon in his Habilitationsschrift.
8) have occasion to ex amine in detail its inadequacies and WERNER'S consequent frustrations in carrying out research within its narrow confines. Although the cantonal university's chemistry faculty was not graced with quite the array of illustrious figures as was the federal Polytechnikum's faculty, it nevertheless had its share of prominent chemists. By the time of WERNER'S call 26 (1893), its staff had included MATTHIAS EDUARD SCHWEIZER (1818-1860; Univ. , 1841-1860) [2 (pp. 14-16)] of SCHWEIZER'S reagent fame, jOHANNES WISLICENUS (1835-1902; Univ.