Aleksandr Borodin was born on November 12, 1833 in St. Petersburg, Russia. He was in fact the illegitimate son of the Georgian Prince, Lukas Gedevanishvili, who registered his son under the name of his serf and payed for Borodin’s private education in music, languages and sciences.
Young Borodin grew up becoming fluent in German, French and English, besides his native Russian. He later learned Italian and was able to write a technical essay in that language. Borodin studied at the St. Petersburg Medical-Surgical Academy from 1850-1856 and graduated with honours as a Medical Doctor. He also earned a doctorate in organic chemistry with his dissertation “On the analogy of arsenic acid with phosphoric acid in chemical and toxicological behaviour.” Borodin carried advanced research on aldehydes. In 1872, Borodin discovered the “Aldol-reaction/condensation”. He also worked on the chemistry of mineral waters and researched their medicinal properties.
In 1859-63 Borodin lived… read more