Wilhelm Korner
Wilhelm Körner, later a.k.a. Guglielmo Körner (April, 20th, 1839 in Cassel
Kassel is a town located on the Fulda River in northern Hesse, Germany. It is the administrative seat of the Kassel Regierungsbezirk and the Kreis of the same name and has approximately 195,000 inhabitants.- History :...

 - March 29, 1925 in Milan
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) was a German chemist.


Körner studied chemistry
Chemistry is the science of matter, especially its chemical reactions, but also its composition, structure and properties. Chemistry is concerned with atoms and their interactions with other atoms, and particularly with the properties of chemical bonds....

 at Giessen
University of Giessen
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, where he graduated in 1860. In 1866 he became assistant to Kekulé
Friedrich August Kekulé von Stradonitz
Friedrich August Kekule von Stradonitz was a German organic chemist. From the 1850s until his death, Kekule was one of the most prominent chemists in Europe, especially in theoretical chemistry...

 at Ghent
Ghent University
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. In 1867, when Kekulé was called to Bonn
University of Bonn
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, Körner left Ghent for Palermo
University of Palermo
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 where entered the laboratory of Stanislao Cannizzaro
Stanislao Cannizzaro
Stanislao Cannizzaro, FRS was an Italian chemist. He is remembered today largely for the Cannizzaro reaction and for his influential role in the atomic-weight deliberations of the Karlsruhe Congress in 1860.-Biography:...

, and occupied himself with the study of the aromatic compounds. Besides his work on aromatic compounds, his interest in botany led him to the study of many vegetable substances. In 1870 he accepted the chair of organic chemistry
Organic chemistry
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 at "Scuola Superiore di Agricoltura" ("School of Agriculture", University of Milan
University of Milan
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), where he retained until 1922, when for reasons of health he resigned his chair at the age of 83.
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