Google commemorated the 225th birthday of German analytical chemist Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge by means of a doodle. He is most renowned for identifying and separating caffeine from Arabic mocha beans for the first time in 1819. This is exactly what doodle is remembering today. In the doodle, the alphabet G of Google is made with coffee beans.
Born on 8th February 1794 in Hamburg, Germany, Runge had a keen interest in chemistry from a very young age. He also had an affinity towards performing experiments, which had a massive impact on him building an illustrious career in the field of chemistry. He pursued his education from the University of Berlin and subsequently, taught chemistry at the University of Breslau.
His list of achievements are wide and ranging. One of his first experiments was to analyze the effect of belladonna plant’s extract on dilating of pupils. He was one of the first scientists to isolate quinine, a drug used to treat malaria. Further, he invented the first coal tar dye along with the process of dyeing clothes. He is also known to have made substantial contributions to paper chromatography, a method for separating chemical substances.
Unfortunately, despite his many contributions to the world of science, he died in poverty. He passed away at the age of 73 on March 25th, 1867.
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