Page out of Friedel's notebook
Charles Friedel, born in Strasbourg on March 12, 1832, was not only a chemist, but also a mineralogist. Friedel studied at the Sorbonne in Paris. He died in 1899.
James Mason Crafts, born in 1839, studied chemistry first in Germany and then in France after graduating in 1858 from Harvard. Crafts died in 1917 after spending his career divided between the U.S. and Sorbonne.
Friedel and Crafts collaborated with one another from 1874-1891. In 1877 they discovered what is now known as the Friedel-Crafts reaction: the alkylation or acylation of an aromatic compound catalyzed by a Lewis acid.[Back to Marshall Fellowship]