Liebig was interested in chemistry from an early age and served an apprenticeship at an apothecary at Heppenheim and followed with study at the University of Bonn and Erlangen. In 1822, he went to Paris to study. Concentrating on his favorite subject, fulminates, Liebig presented the results of his work to the French Academy in 1824 and that same year became a professor at the University of Giessen in Germany at the age of only 21. Liebig proved to be an excellent teacher and many Nobel Prize laureates studied under him. In 1840, Liebig published Organic Chemistry an its Application to Agriculture and Physiology and in 1842, Organic Chemistry in its Application to Physiology and Pathology, both of which had a revolutionary impact on food production at the time. Liebig produced over two hundred papers and is responsible for the research laboratory approach to teaching chemistry.
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