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Ascanio Sobrero Biography


Ascanio Sobrero (1812 - 1888)

Ascanio Sobrero (1812 - 1888)

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Ascanio Sobrero:

Ascanio Sobrero was an Italian chemist.


October 12, 1812 in Casale Monferrato, Italy


May 26, 1888 in Turin, Italy

Claim to Fame:

Sobrero was an Italian chemist who discovered nitroglycerin when he added glycerin to a mixture of nitric acid. He was shocked by the explosive and unstable nature of the compound and routinely warned against its use.

One of his students, Alfred Nobel, went on to add diatomaceous earth to the mixture and invented gelignite to make it safer to handle.

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