Ludwig Wolff

Ludwig Wolff (27 September 1857 – 24 February 1919), born in Neustadt in Palatinate, was a German chemist.[1]

Ludwig Wolff
Born(1857-09-27)27 September 1857
Died24 February 1919(1919-02-24) (aged 61)
Alma materUniversity of Strasbourg
Known forWolff-Kishner reduction, Wolff rearrangement
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Jena
Doctoral advisorRudolph Fittig

He studied chemistry at the University of Strasbourg, where he received his Ph.D. from Rudolph Fittig in 1882. He became Professor of analytical chemistry at the University of Jena in 1891 and held this position till his death in 1919. In 1911 he published a new reaction now known as the Wolff-Kishner reduction. His name is also associated with the chemical reaction known as the Wolff rearrangement (1912).[1][2]


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