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Eduard Büchner


Eduard Büchner
Eduard Büchner

Büchner found that if yeast cells are crushed with sand and clay, then pressed through a cloth bag, the resulting cell-free liquid produces alcoholic fermentation. This discovery, for which he received the 1907 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, destroyed the concept that a "life force" is essential for fermentation and other reactions in living cells, and helped lay the foundation for modern biochemistry.

Location in chemistry building: First Floor; Room 136 South Wall; Sequence 2

Source: Kedzie Collection