The 1905 Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to Adolf von Baeyer, who becomes the second of LMU’s Nobel Laureates.

LMU chemist Adolf von Baeyer (1835–1917) won the 1905 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his groundbreaking research on the synthesis of indigo and other pigments of the triphenylmethane family. He thus became the second Nobel Laureate at LMU, following the award of the first Nobel in Physics to Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen in 1901. Baeyer had succeeded Justus von Liebig as Professor of Chemistry in 1873, and went on to set up state-of-the-art laboratories for research and teaching purposes, where he worked until his retirement in 1914. In 1910 the German Chemistry Society named its highest award for research, now known as the Adolf-von-Baeyer Memorial Medal, in his honor.


  1. Alte Fotografie von Adolf von Baeyer
  2. Alte Fotografie von Adolf von Baeyer mit seinen Studenten und Kollegen

Adolf von Baeyer (1835-1917)

Adolf von Baeyer (first row, third from the left), with a group of his colleagues and students.