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Adolph Frank was a German chemist, known for his work with potash and creating an industry around it. Born in Klötze, he was an apprentice to an apothecary in Osterburg before attending university in Berlin and studying pharmacy, technology and the natural sciences (1855-1857). He then earned his doctorate in chemistry in Göttingen. His other work involved fertilizers, the effects of light on bottled materials, and hydrogen extraction for blimps with Carl von Linde. Adolph Frank was awarded the John Scott Medal of The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia in 1893.

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Adolph Frank being portrayed for a commemorative medal, Leo Baeck Institute, F 25112.