Based on a Commemorative Lecture delivered at the Chemiedozententagung at Darmstadt, March 27, 1979.
August Kekulé—The Architect of Chemistry Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of His Birth†
Article first published online: 22 DEC 2003
Copyright © 1979 by Verlag Chemie, GmbH, Germany
Angewandte Chemie International Edition in English
Volume 18, Issue 9, pages 641–651, September 1979
How to Cite
Hafner, K. (1979), August Kekulé—The Architect of Chemistry Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of His Birth. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl., 18: 641–651. doi: 10.1002/anie.197906413
- Issue published online: 22 DEC 2003
- Article first published online: 22 DEC 2003
- Manuscript Received: 3 MAY 1979
- Kekulé, August;
- History of chemistry
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).