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Raphael Eduard Liesegang

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Nationality  German
Institutions  Ed. Liesegang oHG

Name  Raphael Liesegang
Role  Chemist
Raphael Eduard Liesegang
Born  1 November 1869 Elberfeld, Germany (1869-11-01)
Died  November 13, 1947, Bad Homburg vor der Hohe, Germany
Books  Geologische Diffusionen - Scholar's Choice Edition

Raphael Eduard Liesegang (November 1, 1869 – November 13, 1947) was a German chemist, photographer and entrepreneur born in Elberfeld.

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He is known for his work on Liesegang rings. He also helped develop the methods of capillary analysis, a precursor to paper chromatography, published a paper on the possibility of television (years before the discovery of the electron), contributed to chromosome theory, worked on properties of aerosols and gelatins, the origins of silicosis, the role of carbon dioxide in plant life and the mechanism of both black and white and colour photographic processes.

The son of a painter (and eventual photographer), Liesegang longed for an artistic career but lacked the ability to draw or paint. His father would later invent a camera and photography would go on to be one of Liesegangs passions. Research into photographic emulsions led to his personal discovery of Liesegang rings. He was not the first person to observe the effect, but they bear his name, as he devoted so much time to researching them.

As an heir to the founder of Ed. Liesegang oHG, Düsseldorf, he also owned a factory producing photographic paper and chemicals. Ed. Liesegang oHG later expanded into optics manufacturing, and sold its photochemical interests.

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