Adolf von Baeyer Biography
Birthday: October 31, 1835 (Scorpio)
Born In: Berlin
Adolf von Baeyer, born as Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Adolf Baeyer, was a well-known German chemist best-known for synthesizing indigo, the blue color natural dye used in the textile industry. Coming from an enlightened family he carried out unique experiments when he was still a child and soon developed a keen interest in chemistry. He discovered a double salt of copper at the age of twelve and barbituric acid while doing his post doctorate. When he was around thirty years old he started his experiments on indigo and worked at it for eighteen long years before he could find a suitable formula for its laboratory production. On the basis of his work, scientists later found the appropriate formula for the industrial production of the dye. However, Baeyer’s achievement did not stop at that. He is also famous for synthesizing phenolphthalein and fluorescein. He was also proponent of strain theory of carbon ring. Known as ‘Baeyer Strain Theory’ it later became one of the pillars of biochemistry. However, Baeyer was more than just an inventor; he was equally popular as an academician and had trained many students who later made names for themselves.