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This Day in Science History - February 17 - Friedrich Beilstein and the Beilstein Database

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February 17th is Friedrich Beilstein's birthday. Beilstein was the Russian chemist who originally wrote Handbuch der organischen Chemie or Handbook of Organic Chemistry.

This handbook was published in 1881 and originally contained information on 1,500 different organic compounds.

The handbook would be constantly updated and grew larger with each edition. Today, it is known as the Beilstein database. It has tables of physical data information for over 10 million different compounds and nearly 11 million reactions.

The Beilstein database was combined with the Gmelin database of inorganic chemistry in the Crossfire database system which was in turn absorbed into the Reaxys database in 2010. This is a powerful research tool for chemical research and development that grew from one person's handbook. Find out what else occurred on this day in science history.


February 17, 2011 at 3:18 pm
(1) DrB says:

Beilstein was a Russian chemist? His name and his book are both in the German language. Hmm

February 17, 2013 at 3:40 am
(2) Kamleshb007 says:


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