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Hofmann, August Wilhelm, F.R.S.. born at Giessen in 1818, became assistant to Liebig, and was appointed to a chemical professorship at Bonn, whence, at the age of twenty-seven, he was transferred to London as superintendent of the Royal College of Chemistry, and ultimately of chemist to the Mint. In 1865 he returned to Germany to fill the chair of chemistry in the university of Berlin.

He has written several valuable treatises on organic chemistry, and his Introduction to Modern Chemistry is a valuable educational work, but his fame rests mainly upon his discovery of aniline and its utilisation in the arts for the production of a new series of colours. He died in 1892.