2 August 1776|
|Died||18 August 1835(aged 59)|
|Institutions||University of Göttingen|
|Alma mater||University of Göttingen|
|Doctoral advisor||Johann Friedrich Gmelin
Louis Nicolas Vauquelin
|Doctoral students||Robert Bunsen
Friedrich Stromeyer (2 August 1776 – 18 August 1835) was a German chemist. Stromeyer received an MD degree from the University of Göttingen in 1800, studying under Johann Friedrich Gmelin and Louis Nicolas Vauquelin. He was then a professor at the university, and also served as an inspector of apothecaries.
While studying compounds of zinc, Stromeyer discovered the element cadmium in 1817; cadmium is a common impurity of zinc compounds, though often found only in minute quantities. He was also the first to recommend starch as a reagent for free iodine and he studied chemistry of arsine and bismuthate salts.
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- I. Asimov, Asimov's Biographical Encyclopedia of Science and Technology (2nd Ed.), Doubleday, 1982, pp. 276–277.
- M.E. Weeks, Discovery of the Elements (7th Ed.), Leicester, H. M., Ed., J. Chem. Ed., 1968, pp. 502–508.
- J. R. Partington, A History of Chemistry, Macmillan, 1962, vol. 3, pp. 659–660.
- Biographisches Lexikon der hervorragenden Ärzte, Urban & Schwarzenberg, 1962, vol. 5, p. 566.
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