The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Genth, Frederick Augustus

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GENTH, Frederick Augustus, American chemist: b. Wächtersbach, Hesse, 1820; d. 1893. He received his education at the University of Heidelberg, and also at other German seats of learning. In 1845-48 he was assistant to the celebrated Bunsen. In 1848 he came to Philadelphia and organized an analytical laboratory. He became professor of chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania in 1872, resigned in 1888, and re-established his laboratory. He wrote much on chemistry and mineralogy and isolated about 23 new minerals. His published works include ‘Researches on the Ammonia-Cobalt Bases’ (1856); ‘Corundum’ (in ‘American Philosophical Society Proceedings’ 1873), and reports while employed as mineralogist of the Geological Survey of Pennsylvania.