Paul Felix Abraham Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1841 - 1880) MP

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Nicknames: "son of Felix Mendelssohn"
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Birthplace: Leipzig, Saxony, Germany
Death: Died in Berlin, Germany
Cause of death: Heart desease
Occupation: Chemist and Industrialist
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About Paul Felix Abraham Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

Paul Mendelssohn Bartholdy. (From Wikipedia)

Paul Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1841 – 1880) was a German chemist and a pioneer in the manufacture of aniline dye. He co-founded the Aktien-Gesellschaft für Anilin-Fabrikation (AGFA), a German chemical company.

Life

Paul Mendelssohn Bartholdy was the second son of the composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Cécile Jeanrenaud. He studied sciences at Heidelberg University, where Robert Bunsen was amongst his colleagues. After graduating in 1863 he went to Berlin to study with Wilhelm Hoffmann.

He volunteered as a soldier in the Austro-Prussian War of 1866, taking part in the Battle of Königgrätz and becoming an officer. (He was later to be recalled for the Franco-Prussian War, where he won the Iron Cross).

After the Austro-Prussian War he met with Alexander Martuis, a former student of Justus von Liebig, who had set up a dye factory in England. They decided to enter a partnership to manufacture aniline in Germany, setting up a factory at the Rummelsburg Lake near Berlin. In 1873 the firm took the name 'Aktien-Gesellschaft für Anilin-Fabrikation', becoming in 1898 'AGFA'.

Mendelssohn Bartholdy married his cousin Elisabeth Oppenheim (grand-daughter of his great-uncle Joseph Mendelssohn). She died shortly after the birth of their son Otto. Paul later married Elisabeth's sister Enole, by whom he had four children.

In 1880, Mendelssohn Bartholdy died of a heart attack. After his death the company was led by his nephew Franz Oppenheim. In 1925 the firm was taken over by IG Farben.

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Paul Mendelssohn Bartholdy's Timeline

1841
January 18, 1841
Leipzig, Saxony, Germany
1860
1860
- 1863
Age 18
Heidelberg, Germany
1863
1863
- 1866
Age 21
Berlin, Germany
1867
May 19, 1867
Age 26
Berlin, Germany
1868
March 2, 1868
Age 27
Berlin
1873
October 27, 1873
Age 32
Berlin
1874
November 15, 1874
Age 33
Berlin, Germany
1876
August 6, 1876
Age 35
Berlin, Charlottenburg
1878
January 1, 1878
Age 36
Berlin, Germany
1879
July 18, 1879
Age 38
Berlin, Berlin, Germany