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Darwin Correspondence Project

Johan Georg Forchhammer


Danish geologist and chemist. Became a lecturer in geology at the University of Copenhagen in 1821; professor of mineralogy and geology, 1831. Professor of chemistry and mineralogy, Polytechnic Institute, and manager of one of its two chemical laboratories. Secretary, Royal Danish Academy of Sciences, 1851–65.





DBL: Dansk biografisk leksikon. Founded by Carl Frederick Bricka, edited by Povl Engelstoft and Svend Dahl. 26 vols. and supplement. Copenhagen: J. H. Schultz. 1933–44. 3d edition. Edited by Sv. Cedergreen Bech. 16 vols. Copenhagen: Gyldendal. 1979–84.

DSB: Dictionary of scientific biography. Edited by Charles Coulston Gillispie and Frederic L. Holmes. 18 vols. including index and supplements. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons. 1970–90.