Auguste Laurent

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Auguste Laurent
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Born14 November 1807
Died15 April 1853 (1853-04-16) (aged 45)
Known foranthracene
phthalic acid
carbolic acid
Scientific career

Auguste Laurent (14 November 1807 – 15 April 1853) was a French chemist who helped in the founding of organic chemistry with his discoveries of anthracene, phthalic acid, and carbolic acid.

He devised a systematic nomenclature for organic chemistry based on structural grouping of atoms within molecules to determine how the molecules combine in organic reactions, he studied under Jean-Baptiste Dumas as a laboratory assistant and worked with Charles Frédéric Gerhardt.


Marc Tiffeneau (ed.) (1918). Correspondance de Charles Gerhardt, tome 1, Laurent et Gerhardt, Paris, Masson.


  • Blondel-Megrelis, M (2001). "Auguste Laurent and alcaloids". Revue d'histoire de la pharmacie. France. 49 (331): 303–14. ISSN 0035-2349. PMID 11775639.

Fisher, Nicholas W. "Auguste Laurent." Encyclopædia Britannica Mobile. 2013. web.

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