Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge

The chemist Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge (1794–1867) not only discovered aniline in coal tar and caffeine after examining some coffee beans given to him by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. He invented paper chromatography, too. These “images which paint themselves” are the archetype of the separation process for which we develop and manufacture devices – liquid chromatography.

That’s why we chose Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge as our company’s namesake. The inverted commas in our company name (Wissenschaftliche Gerätebau „F. F. Runge“ GmbH) testify to the fact that this is a chosen name and there is no personal connection.

For us the name Runge serves as an incentive and an ongoing commitment when it comes to developing our devices.