Ludwig Wolff
Ludwig Wolff was a German
Germany , officially the Federal Republic of Germany , is a federal parliamentary republic in Europe. The country consists of 16 states while the capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal climate...

A chemist is a scientist trained in the study of chemistry. Chemists study the composition of matter and its properties such as density and acidity. Chemists carefully describe the properties they study in terms of quantities, with detail on the level of molecules and their component atoms...


He studied chemistry at the University of Strasbourg
University of Strasbourg
The University of Strasbourg in Strasbourg, Alsace, France, is the largest university in France, with about 43,000 students and over 4,000 researchers....

, where he received his Ph.D. from Rudolph Fittig in 1882. He became Professor at the University of Jena in 1891 and held this position till his death in 1919. In 1912 he published a new reaction now known as the Wolff-Kishner reduction
Wolff-Kishner reduction
The Wolff–Kishner reduction is a chemical reaction that fully reduces a ketone to an alkane.The method originally involved heating the hydrazine with sodium ethoxide in a sealed vessel at about 180 °C. Other bases have been found equally effective...

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