August Kekulé—The Architect of Chemistry Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of His Birth

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  • Prof. Dr. Klaus Hafner

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    1. Institut für Organische Chemie der Technischen Hochschule, Petersentrasse 22, D-6100 Darmstadt (Germany)
    • Institut für Organische Chemie der Technischen Hochschule, Petersentrasse 22, D-6100 Darmstadt (Germany)
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  • Based on a Commemorative Lecture delivered at the Chemiedozententagung at Darmstadt, March 27, 1979.

Abstract

Imagination, daring, and critical understanding are the sources of the impulses still felt today which chemistry received from the theoretical studies of Kekulé. “Let us learn to dream, gentlemen, then perhaps we shall discover the truth; but let us beware of publishing our dreams abroad before they have been scrutenized by our vigilant intellect … Let us always allow the fruit to hang until it is ripe. Unripe fruit brings even the grower but little profit; it damages the health of those who consume it; it endangers particularly the youth which cannot yet distinguish between ripe and unripe.” (Kekulé 1890).

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