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Abstract Volume 11 Issue 1 (2006) pp 45-48

Béla Lengyel (1844–1913), A Prominent and Versatile Hungarian Chemist

George B. Kauffman*,† and Mihály T. Beck

Department of Chemistry, California State University, Fresno, CA 93740-8034,; Institute of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, H-1532 Budapest, P.O. Box 17, Hungary, and Department of Physical Chemistry, University of Debrecen, H-4001 Debrecen, Egyetem tér 1., Hungary,

Published online: 23 January 2006

Abstract. This article reviews the life, career, and most important contributions, especially the discovery of tricarbon disulfide, of Béla Lengyel (1844–1913), prominent student and colleague of Károly Than (1834–1908), the founder of modern Hungarian chemistry.

Key Words: Chemistry and History; biography; Hungarian chemistry; inorganic chemistry; tricarbon disulfide; water analyses; radioactivity; lecture demonstrations; calcium and its compounds

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Issue date: February 1, 2006

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