Otto Wallach Biography
Birthday: March 27, 1847 (Aries)
Born In: Königsberg
Otto Wallach was a German chemist born in the Kingdom of Prussia in the middle of nineteenth century. He received the 1910 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his work on alicyclic compounds. Educated at a gymnasium, which laid more stress on humanities than science, he started experimenting on different chemical reactions at home. Ultimately, he graduated from the University of Göttingen with chemistry and received his PhD from there at the age of twenty-two. At the age of twenty-three, he joined the University of Bonn as a Lecturer of Pharmacy; but soon was drafted into the Franco Prussian War of 1870. After the war he first tried to settle in Berlin, but circumstances were such that he had to rejoin the University of Bonn for the second time. It was at this phase that his mentor, Friedrich August Kekulé, came across an old and forgotten cupboard full of essential oils and asked him to investigate on them. Thus he began a long and detailed experimentation. Among other things, it led to the discovery of terpene and established the foundation of modern perfume industry.