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Leopold Gmelin (2 August 1788 ‚Äď 13 April 1853) was a Germanmarker chemist.


Gmelin was the son of Johann Friedrich Gmelin. He studied medicine and chemistry at G√∂ttingenmarker, T√ľbingenmarker and Viennamarker, and in 1813 began to lecture on chemistry at Heidelbergmarker, where in 1814 he was appointed extraordinary-, and in 1817 ordinary-, professor of chemistry and medicine. He was the discoverer of potassium ferricyanide (1822), and wrote the Handbuch der Chemie (first edition 1817‚Äď1819, 4th ed. 1843-1855), an important work in its day, which was translated into English for the Cavendish Society by H. Watts (1815‚Äď1884) in 1848- 1850. He resigned his chair in 1852, and died in Heidelbergmarker.

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