MembersARTHUR EICHENGRÜN AND THE ASPIRIN

JEWS WHO SHAPED THE WORLD

By Judith Jeries |
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The question of who invented aspirin, patented in 1898, is, ironically, the cause of many a headache. According to the pharmaceutical firm Bayer, chemist Felix Hoffmann was chiefly responsible for the development of the drug. In 1999, Prof. Walter Sneader, an expert on pharmaceutical history, devoted himself to the case. With the permission of Bayer, he evaluated Hoffmann’s laboratory records and concluded that he could only have played a subordinate role. The true discoverer of acetylsalicylic acid, later known as aspirin, was Dr. Arthur Eichengrün.

Eichengrün was born in 1867 in the German city...

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