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Raffaele Piria

Raffaele Piria

Italian chemist
Raffaele Piria
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Intro Italian chemist
Was Chemist Educator
From Italy
Type Academia Science
Gender male
Birth 20 August 1814, Scilla, Calabria
Death 18 July 1865, Turin (aged 50 years)
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Biography

Raffaele Piria (20 August 1814 – 18 July 1865), an Italian chemist from Scilla, lived in Palmi, who converted the substance Salicin into a sugar and a second component, which on oxidation becomes salicylic acid, a major component of the analgesic drug Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid). Other reactions discovered by Piria were the conversion of aspartic acid to malic acid by action of nitrogen dioxide, and the reaction of aromatic nitro compounds with sulfite towards aminosulfonic acids.

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