Dobereiner, Johann Wolfgang (1780-1849), a German chemist. He discovered furfural, an oily liquid used in making synthetic rubber, in refining gasoline, and as a bleaching agent. His discovery of the catalytic action of platinum led to his invention of the Dobereiner lamp, a fire-starting device widely used before the invention of matches. It consists of finely divided platinum whose catalytic action ignites a jet of hydrogen gas that is passed over it. Dobereiner also did early work in grouping chemical elements by triads (threes), a step in the development of the Periodic Table. Dbereiner was born in Bavaria. He was professor of chemistry and pharmacy at the University of Jena after 1810.
You Might Also Like
Stephen Hawking is known around the world as an acclaimed physicist, but there are more sides of him. From his work as an author to his beliefs about alien life, what are some of the most surprising things about Stephen Hawking?
Is this famous primatologist atheist, agnostic or theistic? Find out as we bravely explore whether science and religion must always collide.