Wöhler, Friedrich (1800–1882)
Together with Justus Liebig he discovered the benzoyl radical.
In 1858, Wöhler became one of the first scientists to identify organic matter in meteorites (the first of all having been Berzelius in 1834). The fact that he (erroneously) concluded without hesitation that the organics were biological in origin reflects the strength of preconceived notions about extraterrestrial life at this time.
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