Victor Dessaignes

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Victor Dessaignes (1800-1885), a French lawyer and physician, turned chemist, carried on researches in organic chemistry and physiology. To his credit it is possible to mention the discovery of hippuric acid and its splitting into benzoic acid and glycine, the synthesis of asparagine from ammonium dimalate, the conversion of tartaric acid into its racemic isomer; the discovery of propylamine in chenobium vulvaria and of fumaric acid in mushrooms, the nature of quercitol, and the synthesis of a large number of amides.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-72
Number of pages11
JournalRevista CENIC. Ciencias Biológicas
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2014


  • Antimonium
  • arseniates
  • magnetism
  • nickel
  • palladium


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