Theodor Zincke

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Ernst Zincke
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Theodor Zincke (1900)
Ernst Carl Theodor Zincke

(1843-05-19)19 May 1843
Died17 March 1928(1928-03-17) (aged 84)
Alma materUniversity of Göttingen
Known forZincke-Suhl reaction
Zinke nitration
Zincke reaction
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Bonn
University of Marburg
Doctoral advisorFriedrich Wöhler
August Kekulé
Doctoral studentsOtto Hahn
Karl Theophil Fries
Alfred Walter Stewart

Ernst Carl Theodor Zincke (19 May 1843 – 17 March 1928) was a German chemist and the academic adviser of Otto Hahn.


Theodor Zincke was born in Uelzen on 19 May 1843. He became a pharmacist and graduated in Göttingen with his Staatsexamen. He began studying chemistry with Friedrich Wöhler and received his Ph.D in 1869. He joined the group of August Kekulé at the University of Bonn, and in 1875 became professor at the University of Marburg where he remained until his retirement in 1913. He developed Zincke reaction, Zincke–Suhl reaction in 1906 (together with R. Suhl) and in 1900 Zincke nitration. Theodor Zincke died on 17 March 1928 in Marburg.


  • Otto Hahn (1928). "Theodor Zincke". Berichte der deutschen chemischen Gesellschaft. 61 (5): A68–A71. doi:10.1002/cber.19280610546.
  • Karl Theophil Fries (1929). "Theodor Zincke (1843-1928)". Berichte der deutschen chemischen Gesellschaft. 62 (3): A68–A71. doi:10.1002/cber.19290620347.