Did you know that Justus von Liebig was born today in 1803? He was known for his work in many aspects of chemistry. Justus von Liebig helped establish the teaching of chemistry as its own subject instead of as a part of another subject like pharmacy. He also reinforced and organized the use of laboratory experience in teaching chemistry. Justus von Liebig also worked to use organic chemistry to study biological processes. His work helped scientists understand what nutrients plants needed to grow which led to the development of chemical fertilizers, agriculture based on science, and a worldwide increase in food production.
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The laboratory techniques designed by Justus von Liebig’s gave chemists a quicker and more precise method of calculating the carbon content of organic compounds. The process could be completed several times a day instead of several times a week, which improved and expanded the study of organic chemistry.
He is called the ‘father of the fertilizer industry’ and developed the first ‘chemical manures.
Justus von Liebig also studied the chemistry of food and discovered improved methods for cooking and preserving food. Justus von Liebig developed extract of meat, which could provide nutrients to invalids or ill-nourished individuals. His work also improved the process for making whole-meal bread and artificial milk for infants.