The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Brandt, Nicholas

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The Encyclopedia Americana
Brandt, Nicholas
Edition of 1920. See also Hennig Brand on Wikipedia, and the disclaimer.

BRANDT, Nicholas, German chemist of the 17th century, usually considered the discoverer of phosphorus. Leibnitz mentions him as a chemist of Hamburg, who, during a course of experiments on urine, for the purpose of discovering a solvent which would convert silver into gold, accidentally produced phosphorus, in 1667 or 1669. He communicated or sold his discovery to Kunkel, who showed it to Leibnitz. Boyle, securing a piece of the phosphorus, and knowing from what material it had been obtained, after various experiments succeeded in preparing it and thus made an independent discovery of the method.