Brüning, Adolf von

BORN 16 Jan 1837, Ronsdorf, Nordrhein Westfalen ( (now: part of Wuppertal) - DIED 21 Apr 1884, Frankfurt am Main, Hessen
BIRTH NAME Brüning, Johann Adolf von
CAUSE OF DEATH kidney disease
GRAVE LOCATION Frankfurt am Main, Hessen: Hauptfriedhof (Gewann J, an der Mauer 606-609)

Adolf von Brüning studied chemics under Carl Remigius Fresenius in Wiesbaden. He also studied under Robert Bunsen in Heidelberg. In 1859 he was promoted and he joined the W. Spindler company in Berlin. Together with parnters he founded a chemical plant in 1862 near Frankfurt am Main. In 1863 he married Clara Spindler (1843-1909), the daughter of his former boss. They settled in Höchst.

The company he participated in was Teerfarbenfabrik Meister Lucius & Co. Brüning invented the first green textile dye. After the company won the empress Eugénie of France as a client and sold its product to the textile industry in Lyon the company started to grow. Further products were developed and in 1880 a listing at the stock exhange followed.

Brüning became a rich man and he was involved in many social projects. In 1879 he founded the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Augusta-Stiftung, a pension fund for workers. He was also active as a patron of the arts in Frankfurt am Main. From 1874 to 1881 he was a member of the Reichtstag. He died in Frankfurt in 1884.

Meister, Lucius & Brüning AG, internationally known as Hoechst AG, became part of Farbenindustrie AG in 1925. In 1951 it was refounded as Hoechst AG and in 1991 it became part of Aventis, now part of Sanofi.

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• was pupil of Fresenius, Carl Remigius


The grave of Adolf von Brüning at the Hauptfriedhof, Frankfurt am Main.
Picture by Androom (20 Dec 2014)


Brüning, Heinrich

Published: 25 Jan 2020
Last update: 05 Apr 2022