It's really a curio: a provincial wine merchant caused in the scholars and professors of the 19th century astonishment and excitement, he evoked admiration and hostility at the same time.
Moritz Traube forced leeding authorities of different scientific disciplines to improve their hypotheses, forced them to a hard dispute by contents and not seldom with sharp polemic.
This man not only sold Hungarian wine to Otto von Bismarck, in a small attic of his house in sleepless nights he developed innovative theories of enzymes, metabolism, the growth of plants, the chemistry of oxygen and its role for the living processes.
Be quite honest, did you know
The contemporaries of
Moritz Traube could not hinder him appreciation,
Louis Pasteur titled him "professor", he was appointed to a honorary
doctor of medicine and even elected a corresponding member of the Prussian Academy
MORITZ TRAUBE (1826-1894) -
Life and work of the universal private scholar and pioneer of the physiological chemistry.
This biography was a dissertation (1994, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, summa cum laude). Based on original sources it gives a comprehensive impression of that interesting investigator and discovers new facts about his life and work.
The biography was printed im
Verlag für Wissenschafts- und Regionalgeschichte Dr. Michael Engel
in der Reihe
"Studien und Quellen zur Geschichte der Chemie" Band 9
Moritz Traube (1826-1894) Vom Weinkaufmann zum Akademiemitglied