Georg Wolfgang Wedel

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Georg Wolfgang Wedel
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Born12 November 1645
Died6 September 1721 (1721-09-07) (aged 75)
Alma materUniversity of Jena
Known forAlchemy, pharmaceutical chemistry
Scientific career
FieldsMedicine, chemistry, philosophy
InstitutionsUniversity of Jena
Doctoral advisorWerner Rolfinck[1]
Doctoral studentsJohann Adolph Wedel[1]

Georg Wolfgang Wedel (German: [ˈveːdl̩]; 12 November 1645 – 6 September 1721) was a German professor of surgery, botany, theoretical and practical medicine, and chemistry.[2]


Wedel was born in Golßen, Niederlausitz, and received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Jena in 1669.[3]

He published research on alchemy and pharmaceutical chemistry.[2] He studied the plating of copper onto iron using a solution of copper sulfate and volatile salts obtained from plants. Wedel also invented new medicines and produced a translated German edition of the Greek Bible.

Wedel's sons, Ernst Heinrich Wedel (1 August 1671 – 13 April 1709) and Johann Adolph Wedel (1675–1747) were also physicians.



  1. ^ a b "Academic Genealogy of the NDSU Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology" (PDF). North Dakota State University, USA. Retrieved March 16, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Mainz, Vera V.; Girolami, Gregory S. (1998). "Genealogy Database Entry: Georg Wolfgang Wedel" (PDF). ChemicalGenealogy. University of Illinois, USA. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  3. ^ Georg Wolfgang Wedel at the Mathematics Genealogy Project

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