Eilhard Mitscherlich

1794 (Wilhelmshaven, Germany) – 1863 (Schöneberg)

Stromeyer taught Mitscherlich in Göttingen, and inspired his turn towards chemistry. He became Berzelius’s protégé, studying with him in Stockholm, and working up the theory (isomorphism) that made his name and that fleshed out Berzelius’s own findings; Heinrich Rose was a fellow-student, while Rose’s brother Gustav taught him the precise measurement of crystal angles. The young chemist Bunsen joined him on one of his mineralogical visits to the Eifel. Helmholtz, Traube and Cohn were all students of his, Faraday a correspondent, and Humboldt, a friend, godfather to his son.