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Theodor Wertheim
Austrian chemist

Theodor Wertheim

Theodor Wertheim
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Intro Austrian chemist
Was Chemist Educator
From Austria
Field Academia Science
Gender male
Birth 25 December 1820, Vienna
Death 6 July 1864, Vienna (aged 43 years)
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Theodor Wertheim (December 25, 1820 – July 6, 1864) was an Austrian chemist born in Vienna. He was the father of gynecologist Ernst Wertheim (1864-1920).
He studied organic chemistry in Berlin as a pupil of Eilhard Mitscherlich, and in 1843 travelled to the University of Prague, where he studied under Josef Redtenbacher. He served as privatdozent in Vienna, and from 1853 to 1860, was a professor at the University of Pest. From 1861 onward, he was a professor at the University of Graz. In May 1864, he moved back to Vienna, where he died soon afterwards.
In 1848 he became a corresponding member of the Vienna Academy of Sciences.
In 1844 Wertheim distilled a pungent substance from garlic, naming it "allyl". In his research, he noticed the close relationship between garlic oil and mustard oil. He published a number of studies on garlic oil, piperine, quinine and coniine in Liebig’s Annalen der Chemie.

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